Macau is a region on the south coast of China, somewhat near Hong Kong. It was a Portuguese territory for over 300 years until 1999. It has a variety of cultural influences, especially Chinese, Portuguese, and Cantonese.
Dubbed the “gambling capital of Asia”, Macau has more than 80,000 visitors pouring in and out regularly, ready to try their hand at winning it big (most of them, anyway). Why wouldn’t they be? Macau remains the only place in China where it’s legal to gamble, featuring some 30 casinos and growing. This exotic experience has its do’s and don’ts, we recommend learning them up before striking gold this New Year.
Macau Gambling Basics
Macau is happy to have you visit and experience a gambling session like no other. Just ensure that you have a valid passport with you.
If you intend to extend your stay to 30 days, you’ll need to apply for a visa. Visitors from the UK and Ireland can stay up to 90 days without a visa.
When in Macau, do as the locals – Choosing between two currencies, Macanese Patacas (MOP$) or Hong Kong Dollars (HK$)
Patacas are the local currency in Macau. It is akin to a dollar as they are made up of 100 avos (仙; sin), with 10 avos called “ho” (毫) in Cantonese. They come in banknotes and coins, with lower denominations of patacas in coins.
HK$ are worth slightly less than the MOP$, about 3%. However, most hotels, casinos, shops, restaurants in Macau look pass the difference and regard HK$ and MOP$ as equal currencies.
If you plan to swing by Hong Kong, we suggest having your currency changed to HK$ as MOP$ is not accepted in Hong Kong, though HK$ is accepted in Macau.
The next step would be picking your poison. Most casinos have similar games which include baccarat, roulette, craps, card poker, blackjack, Caribbean stud, casino war, poker, 12 tables, sic bo, and more.
There are a variety of gaming machines, video slots, video poker, progressive slots, and other electronic games for those who aren’t keen to take to the tables.
Casinos to Check Out
You probably skimmed through the rest of our content and scrolled till here for our best picks. So much goes into picking a great casino, the ambiance, service, style, and more, though we can certainly say that each casino is known for its own unique qualities, we’re here to break it down for you:
This sassy property opened its doors in August 2016, costing US$4.1 billion. Earning its five-star status, it really is mighty fine. There are approximately 1,000 gaming machines and live table games, 350 gaming tables, of which 110 are VIP tables. Players are also spoilt for choice with a variety of video slots, video poker, progressive slots, and other electronic games. It also attracts tons of tourists because of the “dancing fountains” in the casino’s Performance Lake which is a beautiful and unique sight.
The Wynn Palace, Avenida Da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau, +853 8889 888
A Macau version of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, The Venetian is twice the size of its sister property (The Parisian) and is the biggest casino resort in the world. It has a gaming space of 376,000 square feet, 640 gaming tables and over 1760 slot machines specially designed for the Asian market. It has hosted A-list celebrities such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
The Venetian, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Macau; +853 2882 8888
This casino prides itself on being an artistic paradise, with several original Salvador Dali sculptures, it’s not hard to see why. Located in Macau Peninsula, MCM Macau has been a popular choice since it was first built in 2007 and has a sister property, MCM Cotai established just last year. The casino itself is 284,353 square-foot of gaming space and has 1,271 gaming machines, 427 table and poker games.
MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Macau, +853 8802 1888
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