Vegas of the east? All those russian girls can't be wrong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 12:00am

The new Sands Casino, where gamblers literally fought to get in yesterday, is the first of a bunch of new gambling palaces set to open in Macau as the city tries to become the Las Vegas of Asia.

That got CitySeen to wondering just how far Macau has to go before it matches the original Sin City, home to Sands' builder Sheldon Adelson. We found some fascinating facts about Vegas on the web.

For example, did you know that there are 1,701 licensed gambling places in Las Vegas?

Vegas also has about 24,000km of neon lights on the Strip and downtown, while the MGM Grand hotel washes about 15,000 pillowcases a day.

And what about those shotgun weddings Las Vegas is famous for? Well, there are an average 315 a day, with each marriage licence costing US$35.

The only area where Macau might be able to match Las Vegas might be in prostitutes per capita, but CitySeen could not track down comparative information.