Casinos in China
There are only two places in China where casinos can be found. One is in the Special Administrative Region in Macau – a small territory that, until 1999, was controlled by the Portuguese government. Gambling has been legal in Macau since the 1850s. Today the area houses 30 massive casinos, including big American names like MGM, the Venetian and Sands. In fact, for the past few years, Macau has brought in more gambling revenue than Vegas, making it the gambling centre of the world.
The only other casino in China is on the cruise ship Xiang Xue Lan in Yantai City, in the northern part of China. The ship sails between China and Korea.
An experimental “cashless casino” opened in the southern Chinese resort area of Sanya Bay in 2013. It was expected to be a pilot program for future casino legalization, but it was shut down by the authorities after just a few days of operation.
Online Casinos in China
Chinese online casinos are illegal if they are hosted in China. Underground casinos pop up frequently on the internet, but players should avoid any illegal sites hosted in China, because they often get closed down by the government, and players run the risk of losing their money.
Instead, there are dozens of offshore online casinos that accept Chinese players. Many are available in both English and Chinese (Mandarin) and some even
accept Chinese Renminbi as payment. Sometimes these casinos are run by Chinesebusinesses, but are just hosted and licensed in other places where internet gambling is fully legal.