Macau, so often called the “Las Vegas of the East” is a “special administration region (SAR) of China” following the “one country, two systems policy.”
This policy started in 1999 when Portugal, who had ruled over Macau for 300 years, relinquished its reign over the territory to the Chinese. Since then, Mainland China has taken over sovereignty of this extremely profitable region which heavily relies on tourism.
Since 2014, gambling revenues have suffered as the Vegas of the East tries to move from the traditional junket operations and reliance on VIP players to a more main stream mass market offering. However, 2016 financial reports have indicated that mass market gaming has finally exceeded, albeit marginally, VIP gaming revenues. This has been seen by Macau operators as the beginning of stabilization in their economy.
Online Poker: Legal
Live Poker: Legal
Casinos with Poker:
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in Macau –
Pavilion Poker Galaxy Macau offers several rooms for gamblers & poker players. The location features six hotels, a Spa, a mall, cinemas and theaters, as well as literally dozens of restaurants, and is accessible with a service of free shuttle buses. Read More …
Poker King Club Venetian is located on the Cotai Strip, and is one of Macau’s major hot spot since 2007. The Poker room is managed by Poker King Club and features eight cash tables. Read More …
PokerStars LIVE Macau is currently located at the City of Dreams on the second floor of the casino. PokerStars LIVE Macau offers both cash games and tournaments on a daily basis. Read More …
The only poker room in the north part of Macau. Wynn Poker Room is not only known for having the widest and most consistent spread of games and limits, it is also the place to go for daily high stakes cash games. Wynn Poker Room has daily tournaments at noontime and weekend tournaments. Read More …
– Playing Live Poker in Macau –
Live Poker Legislation in Macau
Since 1962, Stanley Ho‘s Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM) has had monopoly over all gambling operations in Macau. But that changed in 2002, when the monopoly ended and the government opened its doors to let international casino operators come in.
There are currently more than 30 casinos in Macau. With both Asian and Vegas operators now in the region, gambling revenue has surpassed that of Las Vegas.
Live Poker Venues in Macau
Given the number of casinos in Macau, the poker offering is extremely limited. As most casinos have a cap on the amount of gaming tables, which includes poker, operators have opted more profitable games like baccarat, roulette and blackjack over the peer-to-peer game of Texas Holdem. Nevertheless, this has not stopped PokerStars, who leads the poker pack in the SAR, from opening a room in the City of Dreams. Currently, Pokerstars Live Macau, has been more consistent in their poker offerings as compared to other casinos in the area. They have been providing major tournaments that have made Macau a definite poker destination for players.
Another room that has made its mark is Poker King Club, which is renowned for holding the biggest cash games in the world, having a buy-in minimum of US$1 million based on reports.
Hopefully, with the move to mass market gaming and new casinos in Cotai, more attention and more tables for poker will be opened in Macau.
– Playing Online Poker in Macau –
Online Poker Legislation in Macau
No regulation, Access to all major sites.
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