Saturday, December 6, 2008

gambling industry in Macau

Known as 'Oriental Las Vegas', Macau is one of the four most famous gambling cities in the world. As early as 1850s, Gambling became legal when the Portuguese government legalized the activity in this colony. Since then, Macau has become known worldwide as the "Monte Carlo of the Orient".

After the development of so many years, the gambling industry in Macau is very mature and has many related criterions and laws, forming a culture and management system. It already becomes an important feature of Macau's economy, not only provides employment, but also brings a great proportion of tax income. It’s said that the income from gambling has already exceeded Las Vegas in 2007.

Generally, gambling in Macau can be divided into three different categories: casino games, horse racing and greyhound racing. There is also sports betting and a number of lotteries. The casinos in hotels and entertainment centers (e.g. Lisboa, Mandarin, Hyatt, Kingsway, Jai-Alai, Macau Jockey Club and Floating Palace) offer probably the widest range of casino games in the world, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, boule, craps, Tombola, "big and small", fan-tan, 12 numbers, and of course, hundreds of the most glittering array of slot machines anywhere.

In the mood for this abundant styles of gambling? You can also have a try. The legal age for gambling in Macau is 21 for local residents and 18 for tourists. But in my opinion, it’s not wise to pin one's faith on luck and gambling. There is an adage “Easy come, easy go". So it’s better to play just for fun!

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