Macau’s gambling regulator the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) has revealed that it has received at least 291 requests from gamblers who want to exclude themselves from entering a casino in the Chinese territory.
The figures revealed are for the first six months of 2019.
According to the existing gambling laws in Macau, anyone can exclude themselves for a maximum period of two years. The request can also be made by spouses or family members related within the second degree of kinship by blood.
The Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) confirmed that they had received 252 self-exclusion requests and 39 third-party exclusion request in the first six months until June 2019.
In 2018 there were a total of 490 such requests received by the DICJ.
Earlier last week, Macau’s gambling watchdog issued strict warnings to gambling operators not to offer any phone or online gambling services.
The DICJ’s strong warning came after a Chinese state media report alleged a local Junket operator, Suncity, of offering and facilitating online gambling for clients from mainland China at operators based out of Philippines and Cambodia.
The report claimed that “Suncity enabled [mainland] Chinese players to bet through online casinos in the Philippines and Cambodia and utilized underground banks to move capital out of the [mainland].”