Casinos, along with the related exchange traded fund, are in Lady Luck’s favor as southeast Asia quickly becomes the dominant global hub for the gambling industry, with earnings expected to stay resilient in face of any hiccups in the economy.

Macau gaming stocks have jumped 76% this year, reports Shuli Ren for Barron’s.

Even with the impressive gains, J.P. Morgan believes Macau stocks still look attractive.

However, some investors are worried that the credit-driven sector is sensitive to macroeconomic turns in China. J.P. Morgan analysis, though, argue that casinos can fold “shadow VIP side betting” to official channels, supporting VIP gaming.

“Under pressure to deliver more volume, junkets/agents could find themselves negotiating with their players to move some [VIP] side bets into official channels,” Kenneth Fong and Daisy Lu, analysts for J.P. Morgan, said in the article.

The analysts also point out that side betting could be 20% to 200% the size of the official VIP market.

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