Casinos in Macau
Gambling houses have been legal in Macau since the mid-19th century. The casino industry was consolidated and monopolized in the 1930’s and the situation remained virtually unchanged for nearly seven decades years. The territory passed back to Chinese control in 1999, but the authorities did not curb gambling. Instead competing licenses were issued in 2002, ending the monopoly and leading to a booming casino scene with major foreign participants.
Currently Macau has 33 casinos: 23 on the Macau Peninsula and 10 on Taipa Island. Practically all forms of usual casino games are legal in town, though not all casinos offer the full selection. Poker has been played in Macau only since 2007. Macau is home to 5 of the world’s 10 largest casinos, including the gold medalist Venetian Macao, featuring 870 tables and 3,000 machines, as well as 3,000 hotel rooms and 24 restaurants and bars, covering an area of 546,000 sq. feet (over 50,000 sq. meters). Others local establishments from this prominent list are the world’s second largest casino City of Dreams, as well as Casino Porte, MGM Grand Macau and Sands Macao.
One thing that may come as a surprise to foreign visitors is that tipping is not expected and may even be frowned upon, due to reasons rooted in Chinese culture and traditions.
Online Casinos in Maca
Although Macau is filled with brick-and-mortar gambling resorts, these casinos are not licensed to go online locally. That is because there is no established licensing framework. Although the possibility of regulating online gambling was raised in 2011, the plans never materialized and Macau remains without legally registered online casinos.
There is of course a multitude of Chinese speaking internet casinos out there, and local players visit them often. Such unregulated activity certainly has some obvious risks inherent to it, so careful players like to choose reliable operators.