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Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Visa liberalization crucial for regional Chinese play

Good Morning. The recent push for more liberalized visa policies between China and regional gaming jurisdictions is a boon for boosting a currently laggard rebound in punters from the region, with Macau (as a domestic market) and Singapore leading the pack for the Chinese New Year holidays. Meanwhile, the Macau Jockey Club faces headwinds as it pressures horse owners to pay up, or give up their equines. And in the Philippines, PAGCOR raked in some $1.3 billion from gaming last year, with its self-operated casinos’ revenue jumping by half.

What you need to know

  • Visa exemptions for Chinese travelers impact regional casinos reliant on Chinese punters, playing a crucial role in China’s outbound rebound.
  • Macau Jockey Club pressures owners to give up horses ‘for free’, without offering compensation for sudden closure: report.
  • Income from gaming for PAGCOR in 2023 reached $1.3 billion, with self-operated casinos bringing in $121 million.

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