Culture of Macau

Casino ban seen as raw deal for young

A law banning under-21s from casinos in Macau has stirred a fierce debate among academics and workers' associations in the city.

The new rule, which takes effect in November, is designed to reduce problem gambling.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:30pm

Time running out for Sands' casino project

Sands China, which operates four major casinos in Macau, is seeking more time to build a gaming resort in the gambling enclave.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Man jailed for life for 1.3b yuan casino scam

A man in Zhongshan, Guangdong, has been sentenced to life in jail for fraud involving 1.32 billion yuan (HK$1.62 billion) that was gambled away in Macau over two years.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lessons for casinos in 'Ocean's Eleven'

Joseph Plumeri, chairman of one of the world's biggest insurance brokers to the casino industry, has been dealt his fair share of surprises.

But nothing prepared him for the day he walked into the Bellagio casino's corporate offices in Las Vegas and, instead of meeting his client from MGM Resorts, came face to face with actor Andy Garcia, who was filming Ocean's Eleven.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Macau the best bet for HK punters

Hong Kong people are gambling more money in Macau casinos than they spend with the Jockey Club at home for the first time, according to newly released figures.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

From the Editor

The grand Galaxy Macau resort opened last week. Many tourists flooded into the casino to try their luck. It is not the only casino that has opened in Macau in recent years. Gambling seems to be the main industry in the 'Las Vegas of the East'. But should the gambling industry be encouraged?

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Eyes on Galaxy Macau as test of mass market

Many investors in Macau casino operators are betting that mass-market punters are finally poised to step up as the key driver of future growth.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Macau back in party mood as casinos surge

Crisis? What crisis?

The painful credit crunch, widespread lay-offs and payouts, stalled billion-dollar projects, and near bankruptcies that plagued Macau casino operators in 2008-09 all seem like distant memories.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

32 people arrested at illegal casino offering Texas hold 'em poker

An illegal gambling den that offered Texas hold 'em - the poker variation popular in North American casinos - to middle-class Hongkongers has been uncovered for the first time in Yau Ma Tei, police said yesterday.

22 May 2010 - 12:00am

A Macao Narrative

A Macao Narrative by Austin Coates Hong Kong University Press HK$150

21 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Devil lurks in the details of rules capping VIP junket commissions

Macau this week officially capped junket commissions at 1.25 per cent of VIP chip sales, effective immediately, and casinos have until Thursday to turn in amended junket contracts to the gaming regulator.

Seventeen long months since it was first floated by (now outgoing) Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah, the cap would appear - finally - to be a done deal.

25 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Cap on junket commissions boosts gaming stocks

Shares in Macau gaming firms soared yesterday after the government formally implemented a long-anticipated cap on the commissions that casinos in the city pay to their VIP junket agents.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


The Executive Council this month approved five more local race days, bringing the total to 83 next season, and a rise in the simulcasts of overseas race meetings, from 10 to 25. The increase sparked concerns of an increase in gambling-associated problems. CityChat talks to two former gambling addicts.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

All In

Local gamblers do poorly on 'comps' compared to Vegas

As a general rule, the tougher the market is, the harder casinos must work to lure players. And while the market in Macau is less than stellar at the moment, things in Las Vegas are outright dire.

3 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Macau caps VIP junket commissions

In an effort to scale back cut-throat competition for high rollers, the Macau government said yesterday that it would mandate an across-the-board cap on the commission rates paid by casino operators to VIP junket agents as early as next month.

9 Jul 2008 - 12:00am