INFOGRAPHIC: Macau vs. Las Vegas

The attached infographic, designed by an organization called Casino Sites and made available to Asia Sentinel, compares the two biggest gaming centers in the world – Las Vegas and Macau. It is a fascinating loo... Read More...

Macau’s Downturn Deepens, Continues

A Chinese crackdown on corruption and a faltering mainland economy have had a devastating effect on the economy of Macau, with gross gaming revenue falling for the 25th straight month, an 8.5 percent decline in June to 15.9 billion Macanese patakas (US$2 billi... Read More...
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China’s Gamblers Flee Overseas

When Chinese President Xi Jinping began his crackdown on corruption in late 2012, it was clear that the gambling spa of Macau was going to be collateral damage, packed as it was by cadres with cash, bearing b... Read More...
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China’s Stranglehold Tightens on Macau

The apparent crackdown in Macau on activities connected to the high-stakes gambling business has ominous implications for Hong Kong.  Events over the past two months have shown that President Xi Jinping’s wa... Read More...
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Lessons for Hong Kong in Macau

The contradictions between China’s socialist, nationalist and freewheeling capitalist identities were on full display this week with the visit of President Xi Jinping to the Macau Special Administrative Region.  They also demonstrated why the Hong Kong SAR ... Read More...
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Hong Kong Protest Won’t Go Away

Hong Kong’s Occupy protests have finally been ended after 77 days as police cleared the last of the three protest sites. But while that battle is over, the war goes on between those seeking to assert Hong Kong’... Read More...
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Macau Down, Although There’s Still Action

On Aug. 1, the 3:30 pm ferry from Hong Kong to Macau, usually filled with scores of would-be gamblers, was cancelled because of a lack of passengers, and those waiting were put on a 4 pm vessel—which was also h... Read More...