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Asia Entertainment & Resources announce 37% increase in rolling chip turnover for Feb 2012

2 March 2012


HONG KONG -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. (“AERL”) (NASDAQ: AERL), which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies as a VIP room gaming promoter, today announced unaudited Rolling Chip Turnover (as defined below) for the month of February 2012 at the company’s three VIP rooms in Macau was US$1.910 billion, up 37% year-over-year, compared to US$1.398 billion for the month of February 2011. This compares with a year-over-year increase in gross gaming revenue for Macau of 22% for February 2012.

“Our business is off to a solid start for 2012, play volumes continue to be strong in our VIP rooms and we continue to expect 2012 to be another year of significant growth for Macau and AERL.”
For the first two months of 2012, AERL’s Rolling Chip Turnover was US$3.617 billion (an average of $1.809 billion per month), up 30% year-over-year, compared to US$2.775 billion (an average of $1.388 billion per month) for the first two months of 2011. Macau gross gaming revenue increased 28% for the first two months of 2012.

The growth in Rolling Chip Turnover was attributable to organic growth, increasing cage capital from retained earnings and the May 2011 opening of a VIP room at the new Galaxy Macau™ in Cotai.

“We are pleased with our February results with 37% year-over-year growth, given the historically slow weeks after the Chinese New Year period, as we significantly outperformed Macau industry numbers on an overall basis,” said AERL Chairman Lam. “Our business is off to a solid start for 2012, play volumes continue to be strong in our VIP rooms and we continue to expect 2012 to be another year of significant growth for Macau and AERL.”

The Company’s VIP rooms are primarily focused on high stakes baccarat. Baccarat accounts for approximately 88% of total Macau casino winnings according to the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). In Macau, two remuneration methods are used to compensate VIP room gaming promoters. On a fixed commission basis, VIP room gaming promoter revenues are based on an agreed percentage of Rolling Chip Turnover. On a win/loss split basis, the VIP room gaming promoter receives an agreed percentage of the “win” in the VIP gaming room (plus certain incentive allowances), and is required to also bear the same percentage of losses that might be incurred. Compared to the fixed commission basis, the win/loss split basis subjects the VIP room gaming promoter to the risk of losses from the gaming patron’s activity and greater volatility.

AERL’s VIP rooms at the Galaxy Star World in Downtown Macau, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel and Galaxy Macau™ in Cotai are based on a fixed commission. Because all of AERL’s revenues are now directly related to Rolling Chip Turnover, the Company is concentrating its marketing efforts to increase the number of patrons and the amount of play at its VIP gaming rooms. Consequently, in order to increase the Rolling Chip Turnover, the Company reinvests its earnings to increase the amount of cage capital available to finance the increased patron activity.

Definition of Rolling Chip Turnover

Rolling Chip Turnover is used by casinos to measure the volume of VIP business transacted and represents the aggregate amount of bets players make. Bets are wagered with "non-negotiable chips” and winning bets are paid out by casinos in so-called "cash” chips. "Non-negotiable chips” are specifically designed for VIP players to allow casinos to calculate the commission payable to VIP room gaming promoters. Commissions are paid based on the total amount of "non-negotiable chips” purchased by each player. VIP room gaming promoters therefore require the players to "roll,” from time to time, their "cash chips” into "non-negotiable” chips for further betting so that they may receive their commissions (hence the term "Rolling Chip Turnover”). Through the promoters, "non-negotiable chips” can be converted back into cash at any time. Betting using rolling chips, as opposed to using cash chips, is also used by the DICJ to distinguish between VIP table revenue and mass market table revenue.

About Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd.

AERL, formerly known as CS China Acquisition Corp., acquired Asia Gaming & Resort Limited (“AGRL”) on February 2, 2010. AERL is an investment holding company which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies as a VIP room gaming promoter, and is entitled to receive all of the profits of the VIP gaming promoters from VIP gaming rooms. AERL’s VIP room gaming promoters currently participate in the promotion of three major luxury VIP gaming facilities in Macau.

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