Macau slot count falls again


Macau’s slot machine count has fallen by more than 600 since peaking last year above 17,000.  Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau statistics show that there were 16,406 machines in use at the end of March, indicating almost 200 more machines were taken off the floor during the first quarter. Despite the drop, the percent of gross gaming revenue generated from the machines has stayed fairly steady, at 4.2 percent in the first quarter. The city ended the quarter with 5,749 tables, up 264 from year end, with Sands Cotai Central accounting for most of that. The share of gaming revenue generated from VIP rooms was flat at 67.8 percent from the previous quarter.