The government will discuss the plan through a month-long public consultation starting today, which will end .

Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Game Inspection Coordination Bureau (DICJ), submitted a proposal for discussion. He explained that the current law does not protect people directly involved in casino games, including card dealers and casino employees, but protects ordinary people. Chan used data from the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) to support his position.

Research shows that the number of casino dealers experiencing gambling problems continues to grow. Chan provided a good reason for this trend, emphasizing that the more dealers and Cruffier think about the game, the more confident they are. It has become clear that the ban on off-duty casino employees will not cover the entire casino staff, but only employees who have direct contact with casinos or games. More precisely, table game supervisors, casino hosts, cashiers, pit managers and dealers. Assuming that the bill falls into the legal framework of the country, violators face heavy fines ranging from 1,000 to 1,000 MOPs.

The consultation document aims to simplify the sanction process for gamblers under the age of 21 who are allowed separately from casino employees. It has been suggested that people under the age of gambling should be fined immediately if they are caught red handed. Fines range from 1,000 to 10,000 MOPs, and violators must pay voluntarily for 15 days. Gambling facilities will also be fined, and must pay between 10,000 and 50,000 MOPs. What’s interesting here is that Macau increased its minimum gambling age from 18 to 21 in 2012.

a flaw in the current law
Under the current gambling law, casino employees are not allowed to gamble in casino facilities run by their employers. On the other hand, they can enter any other gambling house and gamble overall. If the bill is passed, the loophole will be closed and all casino employees except administrative staff, food and beverage workers, security guards, watchmen, and performers will be restricted from entering the casino floor. Officials have proposed an exemption from the ban by applying the same rule to city officials who are allowed access to gambling facilities only during China’s Lunar New Year holiday.


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