Online casinos had an huge increase in costumers this latest weeks due to the coronavirus.
The impact started after Macau, the well know “las vegas” from Asia, decided to close all the landbased casinos for 14 days as a quarantine for the latest heath issues related to the coronavirus.
a third of Macau’s casino tables reopened this Thursday in Macau, the gambling capital of the world, but there is a shortage of punters, who normally come from mainland China, where the Covid-19 coronavirus has already killed 2,118 people and infected 74,576 people.
With gamblers from mainland China without visas to enter Macau, faced with border restrictions and the sudden and indeterminate cancellation of flights since the outbreak began in late 2019, the ‘recipe’ for the tourist disaster at the ‘resorts’ it was predictable.
The executive director of the company specializing in gambling 2NT8 is one of the few people who travel today to the two largest casinos in Macau, Galaxy and Venetian.
This morning, Alidad Tash spotted a few dozen people scattered around the nearly 50 tables already open to the public and easily did the ‘accounting’: more tables than players.
“Before the casinos were closed [15 days ago], only 400, 500 tables were already open because of the epidemic”, with fewer players now registering with the gradual reopening of some gambling rooms, “90% less than it was usual”.
Accounts made, the first quarter of game operators is lost, the second should not show any major improvements, the third is unknown and only the fourth will be able to register positive results similar to those of previous years, he predicted.
Even with 1,800 tables already reopened, according to the authorities, Macau has yet to wake up with empty hotels, with no customers to ‘feed’ the restaurant and bet all the chips in the hope that mainland China will be able to contain the outbreak as quickly as possible, especially because it is mainly the now ‘contaminated’ Chinese tourist market that makes the territory the ‘Las Vegas’ of Asia.
A visit to the casinos on the Cotai strip, where the luxurious integrated ‘resorts’ created from Chinese and American capital are located, showed the same scenario: employees, ‘croupiers’ and half a dozen customers in the commercial mask spaces, a redoubled effort in cleaning and disinfection operations, a greater distance between the gaming tables to ‘outwit’ the risk of contagion, the obligation for everyone to undergo a body temperature measurement and to submit a health declaration.
Access to these spaces was forbidden to anyone who was in the Chinese province of Hubei, where the epidemic of the new coronavirus began.
But there are other prohibitions: standing bets and agglomerations are not allowed, so a minimum distance between players is determined. In addition to the traditional tables, some electronic gambling machines have also been deactivated to ensure a safe distance between gamblers, who remain away from Macau, despite the fact that there have been no new cases in the territory for 16 consecutive days.
The number of infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus in Macau has dropped to four after a new hospital discharge announced on Wednesday by the Health Services.
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