Gambling in Macau has been legal since the 1850s when the Portuguese government legalised the activity in the colony. Macau has become known worldwide as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”. Macau overtook the Las Vegas Strip in gaming revenues in 2007.
Until Western-style casino games were introduced in the 20th century, only Chinese games were played, the most popular being Fan-Tan. Generally, gambling in Macau can be divided into three different categories: casino games, horse racing and greyhound racing. There is also sports betting and a number of lotteries. At the present time, Macau does not license online gaming operations.
Macau has 33 casinos, of which the biggest is The Venetian Macao Hotel. 23 casinos are located on the Macau Peninsula and 10 casinos on Taipa Island. They all operate under a government franchise and under a common set of rules.
Many forms of gambling are legal there, such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette, boule, Sic bo, Fan Tan, keno and slot machines.
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