Macau is a former Portuguese colony that lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta. This ‘Sin City’ of Asia lies opposite Hong Kong and is bordered by the Guandong Province to the north while it enjoys fabulous views across the South China Sea on the east and south. The economy in Macau depends mainly on gambling and tourism, and it attracts many tourists from around the world and the mainland’s Mandarin speaking regions.
Despite being handed back to China by Portugal in 1999, the city has a high degree of autonomy and has its own police force, legal system, customs and immigration policies and monetary system. It’s the only place in china where casinos are legal and has become one of the world’s richest cities due to the casinos and gambling resorts that rival anything that Las Vegas has to offer.
Described as “Vegas on Steroids”, Macau boasts some of the most popular casinos on the planet and we’re taking a look at the best of them today. Alongside this growing Maccau-Vegas is the growing trend in online betting and gambling with companies such as M88 Indonesia or bodog
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, China
Listed in the Top 10 Casinos worldwide in 2013, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel was modelled on its sister hotel in Las Vegas. The Venetian Macao is one of the most impressive hotels on the planet and its ethos seems to be “the bigger, the better”. The casino is the world’s largest gaming space (374,000 square feet) boasting 500 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines. The hotel has been described as “more like a city in itself” with a high-end shopping mall, headline entertainment options, a health and wellness centre and some of the best fine dining venues you can imagine. This family-friendly hotel offers luxury accommodation which includes spa rooms and a chauffeured limo service, providing guests the experience of a lifetime without having to leave the premises.
The Wynn Macau
This was Macau’s first Las Vegas style resort, opening in 2006 and undergoing an extension in 2010 that included an impressive tower. The online casino, with its low ceilings and dimmed lighting, offers an intimate gambling experience with great service. Minimum bets are higher than in other casinos, so this is the one that attracts the high rollers. The Poker Room provides No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha in luxury surroundings for the aficionado who’s used to the very best at all times.
City Of Dreams
City of Dreams is the best choice for a kid-free gaming holiday with its three very individual hotels: Crown Tower, the Grand Hyatt Macau and the Hard Rock Hotel. With 400 gaming tables and 1,300 slots, there’s a great variety of games on offer, including blackjack, baccarat, fan tan, craps, roulette, sic bo and big wheel to name but a few. Poker Stars Live hosts the Red Dragon poker tournament on a regular basis and gamblers flock here from more than 60 countries to take part in the action.