According to the data released by the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), the gaming industry revenue for the month of May increased by 12.10% year – on – year to MOP25.49 billion (USD3.16 billion). The accumulated revenue for 2018 has reached to the amount of MOP127.73 billion (USD15.81 billion) which is 20.10% higher than the same period in 2017.
The Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM) has opened the first of its kind a gaming history gallery in the Hotel Lisboa at the Lisboa-Crystal Palace. The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr Wang Jiabao, assistant director-general of Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macau SAR, Mr Leong Man Ion, deputy director of DICJ and Mr Ambrose So, chairman of the Board of Directors of SJM. The gallery is curated by SJM and exhibits information, historical equipments and objects used or linked to Macau’s long gaming history. The purpose of this gallery is to provide a lasting monument to the important part of Macau’s gaming history as well as to preserve the path of local gaming development.
The gallery features around 70s-era slot machines, manual dice shakers, old fashioned card shoes, wooden card handlers, storage boxes of Keno lottery balls, Sap I Chi, historic discard holders as well as tombola cages. Furthermore, the gallery will also display obsolete games once used to play in Macau casinos, e.g. Chinese-style lottery, boule, and Sap I Chi. etc. The gallery offers to visitors an opportunity to experience some of the old games through simulated gaming tables or even able to pose as a dealer on the spot. Besides old gaming equipments, the gallery will also display the architectural design features of the casino and its extensive artwork collection, evolution of casino uniforms as well as cherished old photos.