According to data provided by Macau gaming officials, over 250 people have applied to be placed on the exclusion list of local casinos, all within a nine month time frame. By the end of September, the casino regulator of Macau reported that 269 people had asked, voluntarily, to be banned from the casinos. This is compared to 280 individuals who applied for exclusion in 2015.
It was reported that 245 individuals asked to be on the exclusion list, while the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau stated a further 24 requests came from a third party individual, such as a family member.
Individuals have the option to be excluded for as long as two years, but this time frame can be extended. Anyone who fails to comply to the exclusion will be at risk to spend one year in prison or a fine.