2017 Year in review: VIPs defy expectations Asia Gaming Brief · December 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm Macau defied all expectations in 2017, with a spectacular comeback for VIP gaming despite China’s ongoing anti corruption campaign and a government push to develop the mass market. Looking back over the year, the recovery in the sector was one of the biggest surprises in Asian gaming, with none of our experts predicting the extent of the rebound. In 17Q3, the latest official figures available, VIP gross gaming revenue surged by 35 percent to about MOP38.69 billion ($4.55 billion), approaching 58 percent of all casino revenue. That’s up from 52.1 percent in the prior year. According to channel checks by analysts, the growth has continued into the fourth quarter.