The Chinese really like their gambling. So much so, that mainland and Hong Kong Chinese together with Taiwanese make up more than 90% of the 20-some million visitors to Macau every year. This could also be attributed to the fact that Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal or that Macau is a word class gambling destination with casinos rivaling the best that Las Vegas has to offer. How did Macau grow so fast and become as popular as it is? Let’s take a look.
In 2002, a 40-year monopoly on gambling ended which enabled many casino owners to build extravagant casinos complete with Las Vegas-style entertainment. The number of casinos quickly grew from 11 in 2002 to more than 30 today, with approximately half of them owned by foreign investors. Casinos in Macau are usually located in hotels or large resort complexes and not every casino is a nice as the rest.
Macau Casino Rules
Macau casinos do have some rules like many others but some of their rules are just this side of odd. Photographs cannot be taken, shorts may not be worn are two rules that stand out for many travelers unaware of the rules. Admission to Macau casinos is free, but many require you to show a passport to enter and all are open 24 hours.
Traditional Casino Games
Macau’s casinos offer blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and slot machines as well as some popular Chinese games including fan tan and sic bo. Macau offers more than simply casino gambling. Other legal forms of gambling can be found including pari-mutuel betting, the lottery and sports betting.
Some of the more popular Macau casinos include the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel on Cotai, a 50,725-sq.-m space with more than 3,400 slot machines and 800 table games, the City of Dreams casino with 378 tables and more than 1,000 machines, the MGM Grand Macau, with its 386 table games and 1,000 slot machines and the Wynn Macau with its choreographed dancing fountains.
Other Macau casinos that are not quite as popular but that you might like include the Grand Lisboa, the first to add Texas Hold’em in its casino and many of the hotel casinos at the Holiday Inn, Hotel Lisboa, Hard Rock Hotel and Altira. More casinos are being added this year as demand increases so plan your Macau casino experience today.
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