Gambling industry in Macao - Statistics & Facts

Together with Hong Kong, Macao is one of the two special administrative regions of China. It is also the only part of China where gambling is legal. Gambling is one of the most essential industries of Macao. Over 57,000 people were employed in the gaming and gambling industry, and about 98 percent of them are working in casinos. In 2018, the casinos in Macao contributed a revenue of around 37.59 billion U.S. dollars, over three times of the casino gaming revenue in Nevada.

As of 2018, there were 41 casinos located in Macao. Among the casinos are some of the largest casino resort complexes in the world. And six companies are authorized to operate these casinos in Macao. These large firms include some of the famous casino developers in Las Vegas, such as Las Vegas Sans, MGM and Wynn Resorts. And some of the casinos in Macao were modeled like their sister casinos in Las Vegas, but bigger and more luxurious. The Venetian Casino Resort in Macao is the largest casino resort in the world where Italian streets and canals were copied. The resort itself has a hotel with 3,000 rooms and a shopping mall with hundreds of premier stores.

Games played in casinos were called games of fortune in Macao. There are a total of 28 game types allowed in Macao’s casinos. Baccarat, slot machines, Cussec (Sic Bo) are among the most popular games. VIP Baccarat, usually played in VIP rooms, contributes the most to casino’s revenues. These VIP rooms where high-risk games were held are the main business of Macao’s large casinos, which is different from other casino destinations in the world. Since the amount of bets are extremely high in VIP rooms, these places were often suspected to be related to money laundering and other financial crimes. The VIP room business in Macao was hit due to Beijing’s anti-corruption campaigns. Today’s casinos in Macao are also developing more friendly environment for the mass market instead of relying too much on the VIP sector.

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