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Macau (also known as Macao) has long been Asia’s gaming capital. In the past the casinos were all owned by billionaire Stanley Ho but in 2002 a new era of Macau began. The Chinese government stepped in and halted the monopoly and has since opened its doors to many new investors including foreigners who brought billion-dollar establishments to the island (Macau now has at least 34 casinos).

Venetian Macau Casino, the Sands Macau and Wynn Macau are among the latest mega operations where you can enjoy a variety of games from basic slot machines to poker, blackjack, roulette and baccarat.

The casinos have also brought ‘big time’ entertainment, dining and luxury shopping to Macau with high-end brands as well as international names such as Cartier, Dior Chanel and Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton and Rolex. 

There are still many hotels in Macao that cater for family and/or businesses and therefore are gambling free but Macao is a small island and those who wish to try their luck can easily find a casino nearby.

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List of Macau Casinos

City of Dreams

Situated right across from its competitor Venetian Macao Casino on Cotai Strip, the City of Dreams is one of Macao’s most extraordinary gaming destinations. With an extensive range of more than 1,000 machines and over 350 gaming tables (games include baccarat, blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud, craps, three-card poker, three-card baccarat, casino war, fan tan).

The City of Dreams has a lot more to offer: Don’t miss the most talked-about stage show in town; the House of Dancing Water (created by the multi-award-wining show maker Franco Dragone) and the Dragon's Treasure – a 10-minute multi-media experience combining high-definition video, a sweeping musical score and over 29,000 theatrical LED lights.). 

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Along the Cotai Strip (about nine km from downtown Macao).
  • Tel: +853 8868-6688
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Hard Rock Casino

The Hard Rock Hotel together with Crown Towers and Grand Hyatt are the three hotels located in a mega-sized integrated entertainment resort called the City of Dreams. Gamers have more opportunities to try their luck in Rock 'n' Roll style at the Hard Rock Casino adjacent to the hotel which features, for example, ‘Round the Clock’ Texas Hold ‘em - $10/$25, $25/$50, $50/$100, $100/$200 games available and seven poker tables in the main area including two VIP high stakes tables. In conclusion, Hard Rock Casino offers 35 tables and 193 machines slot machines covering 35,700 square feet of gaming floor on the hotel’s level 2. Expect to see a huge Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia collection there.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Inside Hard Rock hotel, the City of Dreams, along the Cotai Strip
  • Tel: +853 8867-6537
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Lisboa Casinos

Lisboa Hotels Complex in the central Macau offers a mix of an old-time casino atmosphere with luxurious comfort. The original Hotel Lisboa and Casino was one of the oldest casinos in Macau with a history dating back to 1970. Owned by Stanley Ho, the Macau tycoon, the casino has gone though a few facelifts and expansions over time. The newer Grand Lisboa was introduced to the group not long ago and is located next door. It has become an icon of the island with its unique lotus-flower shaped building.

With more than 700 slot machines on which gamblers can start their bets as low as two cents, the gaming room also features baccarat, American roulette, Caribbean stud poker, and blackjack on the 240 plus tables. It’s also famous for running the biggest regular poker tournaments in Asia. A must-visit for those who interested in fine Chinese art objects is the Hotel Lisbao’s lobby; you will be amazed at the extensive private collection which belongs to Mr Ho himself. 

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: At Avenida De Lisboa, Central Macao
  • Tel: +853 2828-3838
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MGM Grand Macau

The casino at MGM Grand Macau Hotel offers a reasonable selection from hundreds of table games and about 1,000 slot machines on a split-level, 222,000 square feet area. Part owned by Pansy Ho, daughter of Stanley, MGM Grand Macao opened in 2007 and cost $1.25 billion to build. It is considered one of the biggest casinos on the island.

Customers who are not so keen on gaming can enjoy the many luxury facilities inside the property such as the huge nightclub, a high-end spa, countless dining venues and top-class shopping (Hermès anyone?)

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Opposite Wynn Macau on Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE
  • Tel: +853 8802-8888
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Pharaoh's Palace Casino

Play and have fun while wandering through the beautiful images, paintings and carvings of sphinxes and ancient Egyptian figures at the Pharaoh's Palace Casino, the first themed casino in Macao. It occupies three spacious floors in the Landmark Hotel and entertains people with games and slots ranging from blackjack to fish-prawn-crab cusses and stud poker. The shopping arcade houses many leading international brands including Patek Phillippe and Franck Muller. For dining options, customers will not be disappointed with the variety of world cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese and European.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: 3-5/Fl., The Landmark Hotel on Avenida Da Amizade (10-minute walk from the ferry terminal)
  • Tel: +853 7975-330
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Rio Casino

Rio Casino has four VIP rooms with total of 15 baccarat tables while the main gaming floor provides only 150 slot machines and 51 gaming tables. With its comparably modest size, Rio Casino is popular among local gamers who prefer less crowds and a more intimate gaming experience. Other attractions in the Rio Hotel & Casino are a men-only spa as well as an exotic nightclub.  

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Downtown Macau
  • Tel: +853 2871-8718
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StarWorld Hotel & Casino

This luxurious five-star hotel and casino features dazzling décor with well over 500 luxury rooms and suites. Located in one of the best neighbourhoods in town on Avenida da Amizade, in the heart of Macau’s gaming district,  StarWorld Casino boasts 140,000 square feet of gaming area with 249 gambling tables and more than 280 slots and covers all kind of games. Each of the VIP rooms is located on different floors to give players more privacy.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: On Avenida da Amizade
  • Tel: +853 2838-3838
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The Sands Macao

The Sands Macao is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, one of the world’s major casino operators, and offers a fun gaming atmosphere over three spacious floors (total 165,000 square feet) with a lot of entertainment, free drinks and buffets just like at the Las Vegas Sands. No one can miss their spectacular 36-metre long chandelier when entering the main casino floor. It’s huge and weighs over 100,000 pounds!

The Sands Macao entertains both small time and high-rollers who come to enjoy the 740 tables and 1,254 slot machines as well as their outstanding VIP rooms. The Sands Macao is usually extremely busy over the weekend because of its superb location near the Hong Kong ferry pier.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: On Cotai Strip Avenue da Amizade, close to the Hong Kong ferry pier.
  • Tel: +853 2888-3388
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The Venetian Macao

This is currently the biggest casino in the world with a vast selection of 800 gambling tables and a couple of thousand slot machines from four differently themed gaming sections (total area well over 550,000 square feet!). The $2.3 billion project has 3,000 luxury hotel suites, more than one million square feet of retail space, huge event venues (large enough to hold 90 Boeing 747 jumbo jets) and entertainment. In short, it is the biggest single-structure building in Asia.

In the first 24 hours of it operating the Venetian drew in 114,000 people and daily visitation records show that between an amazing 50,000 - 80,000+ people visit. The casino itself measures 550,000 square feet and is further divided into four themed gaming areas: Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix.

The casino consists of over with 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. The gaming area of the most exclusive area, the Paiza Club, is divided into individual private gaming rooms each named for notable Asian cities such as Yunnan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The club guests have exclusive access to the club dining restaurant, the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge, which is open 24 hours a day, every day. Gondoliers will serenade you as you take a leisurely ride through, the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals, aboard beautifully crafted Venetian gondolas.

The Venetian Kids zone will look after and amuse your little ones while you enjoy yourselves at the tables or you could choose to have a round on the fun 18-hole mini golf course. Shopaholics will revel in the complex’s 330 stores offering high-end luxury brand goods such as top-of-the-line watches and jewelry and the great thing is that they stay open until 23:00 and until midnight at weekends.

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n,Taipa
  • Tel: +853 2882 8888
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Wynn Macau

Wynn Macau was the first to open a Las Vegas-style destination casino resort in Asia.   Opened in 2006, it has 600 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, six restaurants, cavernous retail space and the heart of the matter- a big gaming room of around 205,000 square feet featuring about 360 slot machines and 200 tables. After Wynn’s success the owners decided to build a sister hotel. Encore at Wynn Macau has 400 plus luxury suites and villas located immediately adjacent to Wynn Macau. It means gamers can enjoy not only more shopping (including Prada and Versace) and dining experiences but a new intimate gaming facility too.   

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE
  • Tel: +853 329 966
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