SJM to open self-promoted casino at Lisboeta

SJM Holdings Ltd is planning to open a self-promoted casino at the Lisboeta Macau entertainment complex.(Allin photo)

SJM Holdings Ltd is planning to open a self-promoted casino at the Lisboeta Macau entertainment complex, according to a news report by Hong Kong media outlet Ming Pao.

SJM’s vice-chairman and chief executive Ambrose So Shu Fai told the news outlet that the planned casino facility at Lisboeta was aimed at catering to a new customer segment not targeted by Grand Lisboa Palace. However, Ambrose So said his firm had yet to reach an agreement with the owners of Lisboeta on the planned facility.

Lisboeta is headed by Arnaldo Ho Yau Heng, a son of Angela Leong On Kei. Leong and Ho are both part of the leadership at SJM.

SJM will also need to get government approval in order to be able to open a casino at Lisboeta.

In an earlier enquiry to Macau’s gaming watchdog, Allin Media was told that Lisboeta had not yet submitted any application for adding a casino facility.

Lisboeta, which is adjacent to Grand Lisboa Palace, opened some of its attractions to the public on 17 July. These attractions include an indoor skydiving facility GoAirborne, a 388-metre long zip line ride, and a Night Market catering zone in front of a replica of the Macau Palace floating casino.

According to informed sources, the Grand Lisboa Palace was scheduled for soft opening on 31 July but was still awaiting final permits from the Macau Tourist Office.

In a separate development, SJM has confirmed that it will be taking over the gaming operations at Casino Diamond as a self-promoted facility from 1 August. Currently SJM operates five other self-promoted casinos, including Casino Grand Lisboa, Casino Lisboa, Casino Oceanus, Casino Eastern and Casino Taipa.