Macau
Las Vegas of the Orient
Macau Casino, gambling, gaming

Introduction to casinos and gambling in Macau

Macau is known worldwide as the "Monte Carlo of the Orient" and the "Asian Las Vegas" but, perhaps, it would have been more appropriate to rename Vegas "America's Macau"... That is because Macau's gambling revenues are actually bigger than those of its Nevada counterpart, and the range of games, offered by its casinos, is probably the widest in the world.  Macau can also pride itself for housing the world's largest casino, at the Venetian Resort in Cotai Strip.

There are around thirty casinos in Macau and it is truly impossible to tell which one is better and which is not... Gambling is, more than anything else, a question of personal taste and feeling... You can feel very comfortable at a certain casino and feel extremely unlucky at another... There isn't really any rule behind it...

 

Notwithstanding the above, if you don't expect to become rich overnight and all you want is to experience the special atmosphere and have a bit of fun, then there are definitely a few casinos in Macau you should make an effort to visit... Some of those casinos look more extravagant and glitzy than anything you have ever seen, and the ambience is umatched. 

 

A small insight from 'Metropolasia-Man' :

The Chinese just love to gamble and they ascribe great importance to their zillion gambling-related superstitions, so watching them, as they play, can be quite fascinating...

  

Generally speaking, there are two main casino areas in Macau: The Casino Belt, as it is popularly known, is a string of hotels and casinos that stretches along Avenida de Amizade, from Macau's Ferry Terminal, through the Fisherman's Wharf, all the way down to Lisboa Hotel and its vicinity.

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Cotai Strip, on the reclaimed land that connects the islands of Taipa and Coloane, just a few kilometers south of the city centre, is home to some of the world's most ostentatious casino-resorts and describes itself as "The world's fastest growing adult playground"... As of at the time of writing, most of the area looks like one huge construction site, but that shouldn't really bother you, cause inside these grandiose casino complexes everything looks extremely neat and tidy...

 

If you think you are likely to have more luck with animals than with manmade machines or flesh-and-blood dealers, there are two venues in Macau you might want to visit: These are the Racecourse and the Canidrome.

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There are a few things you should remember, when visiting a casino in Macau : 

  • Foreign visitors must be at least 18 years old to visit a casino or another gambling venue.
  • You should have your passport with you.
  • Dress-code in Macau's casinos is not too strict, however, you can't dress too casual... (shorts, T-shirts, sandals, slippers and the likes are out of the question...)
  • Cameras and weapons are not allowed. Photography is prohibited.  

Did you know ? 

The history of Macau's gambling industry goes back more than 150 years, when the Portuguese colonial authorities decided to legalize the activity. The real boom, however, started only in 1961, when Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau was granted the monopoly rights to all forms of gambling in the territory.

 

In 2002, the Macau government ended the monopoly system, paving the road for American casino moguls like Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson to come in and invest.  The heavy investments did come and at a very short period of time the city managed to surpass Las Vegas as the world's top gaming and entertainment hub.

  

 

Good Luck !

 

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