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Macau plans to raise casino age minimum

19 November 2007

MACAU -- As reported by the Hong Kong Standard: "Macau is planning to raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which a person can legally gamble, chief executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah told lawmakers yesterday.

"In a question-and-answer session, Ho said the proposal was not mentioned in his policy address on Tuesday as he did not want to cause any panic before he had a concrete plan of action.

"The decision surprised many legislators with Leong On-kei, wife of casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, asking Ho to further clarify his gaming policy.

"...She expected admission numbers to casinos to drop slightly when the policy goes into effect, but said that - in the long term - it was good to improve Macau's image in the international arena..."

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