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Macau’s casinos pin hopes on everyday gamblers after junket shutdowns

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By Eduardo Baptista HONG KONG (Reuters) – Macau’s casinos face a bleak short-term outlook after shutting most of their lucrative gaming rooms catering to wealthy gamblers and as COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the shift to mass-market customers that they will depend on in the future. The former Portuguese colony that is the world’s biggest gambling hub in terms of money wagered has long relied on the revenue from the VIP gaming rooms where high-rollers placed massive bets. But the Chinese government’s recent crackdown on the junket business, which arranged the transportation, accommodatio…

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