The Macau gaming regulatory body, Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), has released the industry revenue results for the second quarter of 2023. According to the results for the period that ended on June 30, 2023, the region’s revenue levels were extensively driven by the mass market baccarat performance over the second quarter.
Mass Market Baccarat Stake:
The figures unveiled by DICJ on July 18, 2023 show that the revenues generated in mass market baccarat in Q2 2023 reached the level of MOP$26.68 billion (US$3.32 billion). As reported by IAG, the level represented 58.4% of the gross revenues generated by the Macau industry within the give period. Although the value testifies about a negligible decline when compared to the 58.9% stake experienced in the first quarter of 2023, it still represents almost 20% higher participation in the overall revenues than the 39.1% GGR level seen in 2019.
Likewise, VIP baccarat improved the performance in Q2 2023. Having reached the revenues of MOP$12.16 billion (US$1.51 billion), VIP baccarat contributed to the gross revenue generated in the Macau industry in the quarter with its 26.6% stake. The level is reportedly increased in the observed period since the sector held the 24.5% revenue share in the first quarter of 2023.
Improved Market Performance:
As reported, the total gross gaming revenue generated by the Macau gambling industry in Q2 2023 amounted to MOP$45.65 billion (US$5.68 billion), which is the volume 31.1% higher than the industry’s achievement in Q1 2023. The source indicates that the Q2 2023 was the first full quarter after the Covid19-related restrictions were lifted on January 8, 2023.
In any case, the Macau gambling industry has accelerated ever since to continue its consolidation around and above the prepandemic levels. However, the increased share of the mass segment proven by the latest baccarat figures testifies about the current market dynamics in the region. As reported, concessionaires are currently shifting the focus of their interest to the luring premium mass segment to take the most of the current trend. This market reportedly offers higher profit than the old junket model to explain the operator’s reasons for the shift.
Market Shift Follows Regulatory Update:
The overall market trend in the region reportedly propel VIP operations towards a direct VIP model just the same after the old junket law was updated by the Macau government. As reported by IAG, the latest update allows each junket to work with only one concessionaire, bans them from running their own VIP rooms skirted by casinos, and prohibits their engagement in revenue share agreements with operators.
The updated junket law is reportedly the consequence of the arrests of the executives of Suncity Group and Tak Chun Group that caused the collapse of the Macau junket industry. On the other hand, such a decline has made room for other market developments and trends, such as the soaring premium mass segment that is now drawing the utmost attention of the Macau gambling industry.