There are several cities that have a long-established reputation of being home to some of the best luxury resorts in the world, perhaps you’ve seen our list. One city seems to be attempting to take over the gambling world and today we’ll tell you why many are referring to Macau as being the Vegas of the East. Macau is part of the Pearl River Delta near Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The former Portuguese colony is one of the autonomous territories that China officially recognizes as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China under their one country, two systems principle similar to Hong Kong.
Macau is disrupting the luxury casino industry
Since the territory was given back to China in 1999, it’s been entirely invested in attracting tourism and gambling. There are already several luxury casinos that should be on any distinguished gamblers radar to visit, such as: Wynn Macau, The Sands Macau, Venetian Casino Resort and the stylishly unique City of Dreams Macau. With over forty casinos and so many luxury hotels, it’s easy to see why there are so many comparisons to Vegas, however, there are a few things that you should consider before heading over to hit the tables.
If you’re looking for a high stakes game, Macau has been having some of the biggest tables in the poker world for the last decade. The competition is fierce and you will likely find yourself playing against some of the best poker players in the world, such as Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan. The tables are also going to be populated by a lot of very successful Hong Kong businessmen known to play much differently than many Western players might expect, and with seemingly endless bankrolls.
One of the other important things to be aware of is the rules may not be exactly what you’re used to. Many of the poker games in Macau are open-face Chinese style poker or short deck. There are several major changes to strategy and different rules that could cause confusion for players used to a traditional game of Texas Holdem with a 52 card deck; for instance, a flush beats a full house, and three-of-a-kind beats a straight in short deck.
Now that you know the rules to read up on and some of the premier locations to look into, you can set sail for Macau and try your luck at ruling the tables. It seems that Asia finally has a serious contender in the luxury casino resort race, and we think you’ll find the change of atmosphere to be quite refreshing.