Macau’s gross gambling revenue in May jumped nearly 95 percent from a year earlier to hit a record high of more than MOP17 billion (US$2.12 billion).

The total surpassed the previous record, hit in April, of MOP14.1 billion.

The total for the first five months of 2010 rose to about MOP72 billion (US$8.96 billion) from MOP43 billion over the same period in 2009, according to news reports. Bettors wagered a record MOP119 billion last year, 9.7 percent higher than in 2008.

Of Macau’s six casino license-holders, SJM Holdings continued to lead the market with a share of slightly above 32 percent, followed by Las Vegas Sands unit Sands China, with just under 20 percent, and Wynn Resorts unit Wynn Macau, with nearly 16 percent.

Melco Crown Entertainment had a market share of about 14 percent, Galaxy Entertainment Group around 11 percent and MGM Macau about 7 percent.