SJM Resorts is planning to move its Macau peninsula 118 table games to its newly launched Grand Lisboa Palace casino resort.
Grand Lisboa Palace, SJM’s long-anticipated launch on the Cotai Strip, received its first clients over the weekend. The $5 billion property opened with 150 latest table games.
SJM Holdings, the parent company to SJM Resorts, its hospitality and gaming unit, reports it has acquired approval to allocate tables from its previous casino to the new Grand Lisboa Palace. In a securities claim made with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SJM Resorts says that the Coordination Bureau (DICJ) and Macau Gaming Inspection have submitted on the table relocation.
The notice read: “The DICJ has authorized SJM to request the transfer of additional gaming tables to Grand Lisboa Palace from other casinos operated by SJM.”
SJM is the earliest casino business in China’s Macau. The sports giant of the late Stanley Ho, SJM, defended a monopoly on sports betting in the region for decades before Macau was taken back from Portugal to Chinese control in 1999.
In 2002, five more commercial casino businesses were authorized, and Las Vegas Sands, one of the latest vendors, soon started building the Cotai Strip on a renowned land. At first, SJM was in doubt about investing in the new space, which today has become the capital where the richest gamblers live and play.
$5B casino loom
The DICJ limits the number of table games and slot machines allowed in each casino location. The governor rendered Grand Lisboa Palace 150 state-of-art table games, although they were identified as mass-market tables.
SJM owns and runs five casinos in Macau. In addition, it runs gaming at 14 resorts and hotels that it doesn’t own.
Towards the end of the 2021 first quarter, SJM Resort claimed to be running over the last three months on an average of 177 VIP and 1,066 mass-market table games. The company also manages 1,207 slot machines.
Grand Lisboa Palace’s casino was started only with mass-market tables, but it is expected to change soon.
SJM Holdings head Daisy Ho stated that the DICJ has agreed to let the casino resort set up 1,200 newest slot machines at Grand Lisboa Palace. She further added that the 118VIP tables would arrive soon. However, she did not reveal which casino will have some of their higher-rollers tables relocated.
Mass vs. VIP tables explained
A Grand Lisboa Palace $5 billion casino SJM is trying to recover its market losses in the VIP social class. VIP tables are vital to the premium luxury resort’s intended client base. Although DICJ limits maximum betting on the market tables, that does not mean pretty amounts of money can’t be placed. Top gamblers on mass-market tables inside Cotai casinos can bet up to a few thousand US dollars per bet.
VIP tables are not inclined to the same gambling ceilings. Instead, the casino is let to determine the number of actions it is ready to take. To accommodate the highest rollers in Macau, casinos require such open gambling limits.
Baccarat is the most loved game in Macau, and it controls most casino floors in the area.
VIP baccarat made approximately $16.9 billion gross gaming revenue in 2019. Furthermore, mass-market baccarat brought in another $15 million. Out of the 36.5 billion the enclave casinos brought in from all sports chance that year, baccarat contributed $31.9 billion.
Moving mass to neighborhood
SJM Resorts has two holdings on the Cotai Strip. One is located in Grand Lisboa Palace, while the other is operated at Lisboeta Macau.
The non-gaming hotel serves the general public, but not the rich dominate. The 574-room hotel opened early this year and has been used by the Macau administration as a quarantine observation center for arriving visitors.