total of 11.9 percent of Hong Kong residents gambled in at least one Macau casino last year, with their average monthly spending reaching us$ 182, a sharp increase from the us$ 0.55 reported in 2008, when the last similar survey was conducted.
The study concluded that nearly two-thirds of Hong Kong residents participated in some form of gambling last year, down from 71.3 percent in 2008. “There was a decrease in participation of all sorts of gambling activities except Macau casinos, which should be put to greater attention as the amount of monthly betting money in Macau casinos became triple,” the study says in its conclusions.
The Mark Six lottery remained the most popular gambling activity in Hong Kong, with 56 percent of respondents having bought at least a ticket last year. It was followed by social gambling, i.e. mahjong and poker (33 percent) and horse racing (12.9 percent). Macau casinos came next, followed by football betting (6.6 percent).
A total of 2,024 people aged 15-64 were interviewed by telephone for the survey.