The Rising of the Oriental Gambling Kingdom – Chapter 1

The Rising of the Oriental Gambling Kingdom – Chapter 1

What Makes Macau Such an Infamous Attraction?

Millions of gamblers and tourists arrive at Macau every year, not only to visit its ancient buildings and magnificent infrastructure being built by the Portuguese during colonial times, but also to try out their luck with the hope to strike Mega Jackpots in some of the most renowned casinos in the world. In Macau, gambling and tourism industry is by far the most important economic sector that makes up approximately 50% of of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”). The gambling industry is Macao has a long traceable historical path ever since being legalised in 1850s by the Government of Portuguese during colonial times. 


This is Where the Gambling Kingdom Begins…

In order to increase revenue collection of the island country, hundreds of Fan Tan Houses (Chinese-style gambling dens) were then established under a licensing mechanism brought by the Government of Macau in the late 19th century. Subsequently, a monopoly concession for casino operation was granted to Tai Heng Company representing a significant milestone for the local gambling industry. However, the development in Macau’s gambling industry still remained at a moderate level mainly due to Tai Heng’s conservative operational strategy. 

Formation of the Pre-mature Gambling Industry in Macau

In 1962, a major breakthrough was seen in the local gambling industry when monopoly rights for casino operations were granted by the local authority to Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau (“STDM”), marking a big step forward for the local casino industry. STDM is a syndicate jointly incorporated by businessmen from Hong Kong and Macau. Some significant developments brought by STDM include:

  • introducing western-style casino games in Macau;
  • enhanced and modernised the marine transportation between Macau and Hong Kong, resulting in millions of visitations from Hong Kong on an annual basis.


The Liberalisation of the Macau’s Gambling Industry

STDM had its monopolised casino operations in the island country until 2001, before another 6 casino operating licenses were granted to the following syndicates:

  1. Sociedade de Jogos Macau
  2. Wynn Resorts
  3. Las Vegas Sands
  4. Galaxy Entertainment Group
  5. MGM Mirage & Pansy Ho Chiu-King (partnership)
  6. Melco and PBL (partnership)


There is a Wide Array of Gambling Products in Macau

In Macau, the core gambling activities are generally divided into four main categories, namely casino games, greyhound racing, sports betting, and lottery, all of which are carried out under the green light from the local authority. Nevertheless, gambling activities in the form of online casino are still prohibited at present time. 

A Quick Glance at Macao’s Casinos

Currently, there are total 33 casinos in Macau, of which 24 casinos are located on the Macau Peninsula while another 11 casinos are loaded on Taipa Island. The list of casinos in Macau are set out as below:

Altira Macau

Babylon Casino – Fisherman’s Wharf

Casa Real Casino

Casino Crystal Palace at Hotel Lisboa

Casino Lisboa

Casino Macau Palace

Casino Marina at Taipa

Casino Oceanus

City of Dreams

Crown Casino, Taipa

Diamond Casino at Holiday Inn

Emperor Palace Casino

Fortuna Casino

Galaxy Cotai Mega Resort, Cotai

Galaxy Grand Waldo, Cotai

Galaxy Rio Casino

Galaxy Starworld

Galaxy Waldo Hotel and Casino

Golden Dragon Casino

Grand Lapa Hotel

Grandview Casino

Greek Mythology Casino

Jai Alai Casino

Kam Pik Casino

Kingsway Hotel & Casino

MGM Macau

MJC Casino, Taipa

Mocha Clubs

New Century Hotel & Casino

Pharaoh’s Palace Casino

Ponte 16

Sands Macao

The Legend Club

The Venetian Macao, Cotai strip

Wynn Macau

In next episode of “The Rising of the Oriental Gambling Kingdom”, 918Kiss SCR888 Slot Malaysia will reveal more on the core gambling activities in Macau. Stay-tuned!

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