According to World Gaming Magazine’s sources, Macau’s table cap at cash poker tables that count as one baccarat table for the purposes of Macau's table cap rose from 1 to 20 from the 17th May 2012 by Macau's gaming regulator the DICJ. This new situation will likely have hugely positive effect across the gaming island for poker.
Casinos in Macau earlier had to go through the increasing pressure to get rid of poker tables and replace them with higher earning gaming tables such as baccarat. Last year we saw the closure of the Hard Rock Poker Lounge at City of Dreams, a probable victim of table cap pressures. The fallout of this even spilled over to tournament poker, forcing the cancellation of last year’s Asian Poker Tour Macau leg.
There has also been a constant rumour of senior management at Wynn Macau lobbying to close the highly successful cash-game-only Wynn poker room, despite it seeing the kind of constant action that would be the envy of most cash game poker rooms around the world. Emphasizing on Macau poker’s problems was the time taken by PokerStars Macau to find a new home the Grand Waldo after their three-year deal with Grand Lisboa expired in March 2012.
But all those trials and tribulations might be a thing of the past with this latest welcome move by the DICJ. The Poker King Club’s Marketing Manager at StarWorld Hotel, Roberto Wong, confirmed that the table cap change for poker was in effect yesterday. “Currently we are running eight cash tables and before there were six tables,” said Wong. Currently the casinos with functioning poker rooms in Macau are StarWorld, Wynn Macau, Casino Grand Lisboa, The Venetian and, from June 9, PokerStars Macau at Grand Waldo. However, it’s highly possible that the new table cap solution will see other casinos opening their own poker rooms as well.