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Te SIC has been operating for the last 30 years in Mauritius. It is a business investment group founded in 1984 that mostly provides funds for various ventures and businesses, from transport to property. It was converted from a private company to public company in 1992.


Te four casinos on the island are: Casino de Mauritius is the SIC flagship casino and the oldest casino located in the Curepipe Tourist City, in the heart of the island. Tis casino opened in 1970 and was revamped in 2004. Tere are 53 slots plus table games.


Le Grand Casino du Domaine is located in a colonial style building surrounded by restaurants close to Port Louis in a private estate called Domaine Les Pailles. Tere are 48 slots plus table games.


Le Caudan Waterfront Casino is located between two luxury hotels and shops in Port Louis. It is the largest casino and operates the highest number of slots (194) and 18 table games. It opened in 1996 in the theme of a pirate ship.


Casino Grand Baie is operated by Senator Clubs, which also operates seven other gaming halls.


THE GAMING MIX In addition to the casinos, there are also 22


privately owned gaming houses (20 Gaming House A licences and two Gaming House B licences) and around 1,650 slot machines in the market. Essentially, there is little differentiation between casinos and slot halls.


Annual licensing fees for casinos (Category 1) are MRs3.5m plus MRs125,000 per gaming machine per year. Te casinos offer gaming on slots, TouchBet, Oasis Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette plus other games such as Chemin de Fer, Mini-Cherry, Oasis Stud and Punto Banco.


Gaming House A (Category 2) is for company operated venues which can operate various table games. Tey pay the same licensing fee as a casino of MRs3.5m plus MRs125,000 per gaming machine per year, whilst in Rodrigues they pay MRs500,000 and MRs20,000 per machine.


Gaming House B (individual) can operate Mahjong and Rummy. Tey pay a MRs15,000 licensing fee.


Te Gaming House A operations include Amicale de Port Louis, Bolyhouse, Caesar Palace, Centre Gaming House, Funworld, Palladium Games and Pallagames.


Casino revenues today are cited to be around MRs567m compared to MRs923m 10 years ago. Manickchand Beejan, who took over the realm of Casinos of Mauritius in April last year, has announced a


restructuring plan with talks of opening a new casino, either in the Flacq region or the Lake Point Curepipe.


NEWSWIRE / INTERACTIVE / MARKET DATA P65


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