I have to admit that I enjoy gambling, probably a little to much, so it was only natural that I took the hour ferry ride and check out Macau. While Macau is famous for its casinos and gambling, it actually is a city full of history and quite interesting to visit. A Portuguese colony for nearly four centuries, Macau has a rich heritage that has resulted in a hybrid culture. This fusion of Western and Asia influence is present throughout the island, but most prominently featured in the architecture, food and language.
Despite being a city rich with history, I can’t lie that I was excited to gamble. Macau offers no shortage of casinos and I wandered through numerous ones before finding my luck on the blackjack table. A couple hours and many hands later, I found my way to the MGM Grand where I tried my hand at craps and also came out pretty successful.
While some may compare Macau to Las Vegas, I have to say I find it very different with the most obvious difference being the way people gamble. First off, at least 90% of people play Baccarat, a major difference from the Blackjack, Roulette and Craps dominated scene in the States. What also was different was the energy in the casinos; even the large ones I visited in Macau had this almost eerie quiet feeling aside from the occasional yell from a Baccarat table. Lastly what I found most annoying was that people bet in a very strange way. I still cannot understand why when playing blackjack multiple people would sit in an open spot next to me and place their chips next to mine to play my hand, which I began to angrily refuse after it kept happening. But hey, I left on top so I can’t complain.
You know what they say: “You win some, you lose some.” I guess that new computer won’t cost as much in the end now.