The opening of the Ponte 16 casino along Macau’s western waterfront last week highlighted some of the many regulatory, logistical, and fiscal challenges the casino-driven city is currently encountering. It also offers the intriguing possibility of a Japanese investor–backed Pachinko industry becoming established in this region of China.Ponte 16, which is Macau’s 29th casino and the 19th gambling outlet operated by Dr Stanley Ho’s Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), had observers already weary of a string of recent casino openings asking how many more casinos can the city sustain.
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