China’s answer to Vegas is Eastern gambling paradise

Monday 5th September 2011, 2:35am

Macau is an odd mix of cultures, and it almost works

Dominic Wells

OF all the improbable consequences of China’s headlong rush into beating capitalism at its own game, Macau is the weirdest.In common with nearby Hong Kong, the former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese ownership in 1999, but remains largely self-determining. As a result, gambling is legal. And not just legal: Macau is known as the Vegas of the East. Gaming revenues increased a whopping 58 per cent in 2010, to $23.5bn. That’s fully four times what the Las Vegas Strip takes in, and makes Macau easily the gambling centre of the world.

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