If you’re looking for a gambling experience a la James Bond, or simply want some action on the tables, then place your bets at Asia’s biggest gambling centre: Macau. The moniker ‘Ou Mun’ (meaning trading gate in Cantonese) was first given to this city as the fishermen from Fujian province and farmers in Guangdong province first settled here. A former Portuguese colony, Macau is now referred to as the ‘Vegas of the East’ for its towering casino complexes bathed in neon lights. Today, Macau has more than 30 casinos, catering to a diverse clientele.
A must-visit casino on Taipa Island, (the smaller of Macau’s two islands), is the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. Visitors are enthralled by the 500 gaming tables, which feature Baccarat, Sands Stud Poker, Blackjack, Sic Bo, and Roulette, as well as over 2,000 slot machines and electronic table games specifically designed for the Asian market. Replicating the beauty of Renaissance Venice with ornate frames and an opulent interior, the casino is spread over a whopping 534,000 square feet (50,000 square metres). What’s more, if you’re a Paiza Club member then you can access its exclusive and private gaming amenities.
Half the size of The Venetian’s casino space is Wynn Macau. The classiest 205,000 square feet in town, this stylish luxury resort’s greatest gaming feature is that it offers all types of Baccarat. Slot machines, on the other hand, are also entertaining choices. At Wynn Macau, you may begin to play for as little as HK$0.05 or as much as HK$500 per game, while at Wynn Encore you can play from HK$0.20 to HK$10 per game. Poker fanatics should check out The Poker Room, which offers No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha with different limits to suit all levels of play.
In Macau peninsula, you’ll find the oldest hotel and casino, the Grand Lisboa. The building is hard to miss, with its striking architectural design and an exterior that hosts one of the world’s largest LED domes. You’ll find the casino inside spread over four floors, with over 240 gaming tables and 750 electronic games in both traditional and contemporary style. If you win, splurge on your loved one with an exquisite French meal at Robuchon au Dome, the hotel’s three Michelin starred restaurant.
In the heart of Cotai is the vibrant City of Dreams, bringing together a collection of world-renowned brands including Crown, Grand Hyatt, Hard Rock and Dragone. Known for hosting the largest live water-based extravaganza in the world, The House of Dancing Water, this integrated entertainment resort also attracts tourists with its contemporary casino. The 420,000 square foot space has approximately 400 gaming options that include Craps, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Three Card Baccarat tables, as well as 1,300 gaming machines. But what makes playing here special is that options are available for every type of player – be it mass market, premium or VIP guests – to play at corresponding areas, each with distinctive décor and service options. And if poker is your ultimate favourite, make sure to take part in ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’, to play alongside with the world’s top poker players.
Another casino destination in Cotai is Galaxy Macau, featuring five gaming areas. The brightest of all casinos in Macau, the atmosphere is elegant at Galaxy, providing the perfect relaxed environment to play its 600 gaming tables or at any of its 1,500 slot machines. Everyone from the casual gamer to the most prestigious players will find an exciting place to try their luck.
How to get to Macau from Hong Kong?
Take a 55-minute ferry ride, departing every 15 minutes at Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (3/F, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan). Visit www.turbojet.com.hk for schedule information.
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Apple Mandy started her career as a journalist covering a wide variety of topics including fashion, music, health, arts and travel. Having worked in Shanghai as a Food Writer, she later moved to Hong Kong to manage some magazines. Gripped by a ranging passion for all things food related, she continues to eat her way around town and drink in the city's gastronomic trends. When not interviewing, researching or writing, you'll find her dragon boating or windsurfing on the shores of Stanley or Cheung Chau, respectively.