Gambling in Macau - additional information
The number of gaming tables in Macau increased by more than 1,500 between 2007 and 2016. In 2016, there were 6,287 gaming tables in Macau. Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China and gambling has been legal there since the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, the gambling and gaming industry has become a large part of Macau’s economy, generating over 28.04 billion U.S. dollars in gross revenue in 2016, up from just 10.5 billion in 2007. As a result, Macau is now known to many as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient” and the Las Vegas Strip, America’s largest gambling market, pales in comparison with revenues of 6.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2012.
In 2016, there were 38 casinos in Macau. Within these casinos, gamblers from all over the world play a variety of games of fortune, including roulette, black jack, baccarat, slot machines, Mahjong and poker, among many others. VIP baccarat, a card game played between two hands, generated by far the most revenue among the games of fortune in 2016 with just short of 15 billion U.S. dollars.
There were many more slot machines than gaming tables in Macau’s casinos in 2016. With more than 13 thousand units, slot machines outweighed gaming tables by over seven thousand. Despite being much larger in number, slot machines made significantly smaller revenue than gaming tables at just 1.43 billion U.S. dollars.