Macau Top Gambling Boss Arrested

Shares in Macau casino operators fell Monday after a top gambling boss was arrested over illegal virtual betting activities.

Macau’s judiciary police announced they arrested Suncity Group Holdings Ltd. CEO Alvin Chau after he established overseas gambling platforms and carried out illegal virtual betting activities. Chau, along with others, admitted to some wrongdoing but overall declined to cooperate with authorities. In total, a group of eleven people was arrested.

Chau’s arrest is the first time a high-profile casino boss has been targeted. The news sent casino shares in Hong Kong tumbling in the overnight session. MGM China Holdings Ltd. dropped 10%, while Wynn Macau Ltd. sank 7.8%. Sands China Ltd. and Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. fell 5%. Shares of Suncity were halted.