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Macanese Race Wagering

Betting on horse and greyhound races in Macau is permitted both on- and off-course. Bets may also be placed over the phone, using Fast Access Terminals (FAT), at one of three Hong Kong Service Centres and online. The Macao Jockey Club is the site of the horse track and is run by Sociedade de Jogos de Macao (SJM). Dog tracks and keno units are also operated by SJM. There are more than 10 off-course betting centers located throughout Macau and Taipa. Horse racing activities appeared in 1842, but it wasn't until 1927 that there were organized races. Races were run in the newly built horse racing track in Areia Preta by Club Internacional de Recreio e Corridas de Macao, Limitada, who owned the monopoly concession for horse racing at that time.

In 1988, a Taiwanese company bought the Macao Trotting Club, changed the racecourse from harness racing to flat racing and had its first race in September 1989.

Unfortunately, after its first year, the business was floundering. Eventually STDM bought the business for HKD 1 billion. The Macao Trotting Club was renamed the Macao Jockey Club (MJC). Races were then restored in February 1991. The MJC is one of Macau’s largest private employers.

To help increase revenues for horse and dog racing in Macau, the government granted approval in August 2003 for related franchise operators to accept online bets over the internet. Currently, the MJC has approval to simulcast and accept bets on races in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa.

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