Poker is rapidly rising in Asia. And if you are talking about poker in Asia, you can’t miss Macau aka ‘Las Vegas of the East.’ It is home to over 50 casinos. Reportedly, the gambling activities in Macau are higher and generate five times the revenue that Las Vegas does through gambling. These gambling revenues account for almost 50% of Macau’s overall revenue.
Talking about the gaming regulations in the region, it is the only place in China where gambling is legal in casinos. Macau was once a Portuguese colony, and gambling has been legal in the region since 1850. When Portugal handed over Macau to China in 1999, several transitions took place; however, the gambling laws remained intact.
So next time you want to travel to play poker legally in casinos, especially in Asia, you know where to head. To make things easier for you, we have curated a list of the top five poker destinations in Macau that deserve a visit the next time you travel to the Chinese special administrative region.
The famous City of Dreams casino is also known as CoD or CoD Macau. Located in Cotai, Macau, SAR of People’s Republic of China, it is owned and managed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment. Built around 2008, this casino resort includes three separate casinos, four hotels, five hotel towers, nearly 2,270 hotel rooms, about30 restaurants and bars, and 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of retail space. As of 2020, it was the third largest casino in the world and is known for hosting some high-value poker tournaments courtesy the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room in the casino. The poker room is located on the second floor of the luxurious casino and resort.
One can play regional as well as popular daily tournaments at this poker room. Some top poker series as tournaments like Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), the annual PokerStars Championship Macau, and the Macau Poker Cup to name a few have been held at the poker room, which runs round the clock. Apart from the poker room, the casino houses over 1,514 gaming machines and more than 450 gaming tables.
Wynn Macau consists of two towers with 1,008 rooms and suites, approximately 273,000 square feet (25,400 m2) of casino space, over 59,000 square feet (5,500 m2) of retail space, eight casual and fine dining restaurants, two spas, a salon, and a pool. It is operated by the international resort giant Wynn resorts. The first of the two towers in this property was opened on 6th September 2006, while the second tower, called Encore, was inaugurated on 21st April 2010.
The casino resort houses a poker room offering high-stake games. Several experienced players are often seen grinding here. Although major events have high buy-ins, one can also sit at the 11 tables that offer daily and weekend tournaments, pot-limit Omaha games, and No-Limit Hold’em. Open round the clock, the poker room assures a high-end experience equipped with automatic shufflers and cocktail servings.
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The Venetian Macau hotel and casino is one of the biggest casinos in Macau, owned by America’s well-known casino company Las Vegas Sands. The property is a 39-storey building with a floor space of 0,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) located on Macau’s Cotai Strip. It is modeled similar to its sister casino resort – The Venetian Las Vegas. This majestic resort is the second-largest casino across the globe, the largest single-structure hotel in Asia, and the seventh-largest building in the world in terms of the floor area.
The casino houses the poker room of one of the biggest poker sites in Macau – The Poker King Club. With eight cash tables, two of these are for high-stakes tables reserved for VIPs, this poker room is owned by popular poker player Winfred Yu.
Casino Lisboa is located in Sé, Macau. This three-storey complex is owned by Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM), which is a Stanley Ho company. The original casino was a 12-storey round hotel tower built in 1970 by Stanley Ho, Teddy Yip, Yip Hon and Henry Fok. In 1991, 270 rooms were added, and in 2006, the casino complex was extended and the Grand Lisboa was built right next to it. This property gives Macau’s skyline an alluring look. Currently, there are over 2,300 rooms on the property.
The casino houses the Crystal Palace Poker Room, which is located on the second floor of the casino. This poker room is also managed by Poker King Club. Three tables at this casino offer No-Limit Hold ‘em. It also offers one of the least expensive stakes in Macau, which makes it an ideal choice for beginners.
Sands Macau is a 23,000+ square meters gaming space featuring 200+ table games and 1,000+ slot machines, along with a 289-suite hotel. The casino resort is located in Sé, Macau, SAR region of China. Owned and operated by the famous Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the casino was designed by Steelman Partners, LLP. The casino is accessible via the Macau and Taipa ferry terminals.
The Sands Macau Poker Room was launched in 2019. It marked Sands’ second poker room in Macau, the first being its poker room in Venetian.
Now that you know where to head when looking for poker destinations in Macau, enjoy the joy of the game at the Las Vegas of the East. Also, do keep the following points in mind before you go:
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