Macau gets new top casino regulator

Nov 16, 2015 11:15 AM

Paulo Martins Chan is slated to become the new top gaming regulator in Macau where he will be tasked with improving the territory’s gaming regulations amid the worst slump since the Macau industry was liberalized.

Chan was reportedly chosen for the job because of his experience in the public prosecutor’s office where he was the assistant public prosecutor.

He will replace Manuel Joaquin das Neves who plans to step down by the end of November. Chan will take up his new post as head of the Gambling Inspection and Coordination Bureau Dec. 1. His “legal knowledge and language proficiency” were cited in news reports.

The announcement of the change came from Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Val Tac who spoke with reporters on the sidelines of a public event.

There was no immediate sign how the change at the top of the Gaming Bureau might affect operations at existing casinos or the several resort projects that Las Vegas-based companies are building.

The current hot topic and source of a lot of frustration among casino companies there is the uncertainty about the number of gaming tables new resorts will be allowed to operate.

The extent to which smoking will be limited or banned has been another source of raging debate.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].