Macau Outlaws Using Tech to Beat Gamblers

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Lawmakers in Macau have blocked the ability of casinos using artificial intelligence and technology to gain a further edge on gamblers in the world's largest gambling enclave.

Casinos in Macau have been installing different technology such as surveillance equipment and facial recognition software to get an inside track on behaviours, which they could use to leverage punters. These pieces of tech can determine whose most likely to lose more money, which can allow the casino to ply them with bonuses to try and capitalise on them.

This practice is no longer allowed, and regulators will make sure that casinos use their surveillance for actual security purposes, rather than using the tech for nefarious purposes.

Comments from regulators weren't available as of press time.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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6 August 2019 - 4:19pm
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Good. Casinos should NEVER be allowed to use anything to exploit their customers. What a sleazy move.

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7 August 2019 - 12:49pm
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Exactly Slim, that was what I going to say as well...how come this was legal till now anyway!?!

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It was most likely legal through not being specifically illegal. Probably no-one thought to outlaw it before.

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Ah, they use their surveillance equipment and technology to win more money from losing gamblers.
It is not good. The law should be enforced thoroughly.

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CL-Ed wrote:

It was most likely legal through not being specifically illegal. Probably no-one thought to outlaw it before.

Yeah..good point there Ed, in the end I could even hardly blame em for that to be honest..of course the house would love to get any advantages they possibly could..it's about the respective authorities reacting and cut off that as quickly as possible.