The 5 Best Casinos in Macau

Venetian Casino and Hotel canal
Man-made canal inside the Venetian Casino and Hotel , Macau. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Bigger than Vegas. That’s what they say about Macau these days. More is gambled in this former Portuguese colony than anywhere else in the world. There are now more than 40 casinos in Macau, from the gondolas and canals at the Venetian Macau to the world’s best water show at the City of Dreams.The city even has its own answer to the Vegas Strip – the Cotai Strip.

Which Macau casinos are the best? We’ve picked our five favorites below.  

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    Venetian Casino Resort

    The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
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    This is the biggest casino resort in the world (bigger than anything in Vegas). Inside the Venetian Macau you'll find the regions' premier shopping mall, a 3000 room hotel and gondoliers roaming canals along mock, Italian streets. Many of the visitors are just here to pretend they're in Venice. It's the complete package as a resort; there are shows by night, excellent restaurants and the Venetian hotel is one of the best places to stay in Macau. Utterly over the top and completely fun, this is the best of Las Vegas transported to Asia.

    Check rates at the Venetian Macau Hotel

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    City of Dreams Macau

    City of Dreams
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    Macau’s first destination for grown up gamblers, the City of Dreams forgoes the gondoliers and gladiators of its competitors to offer a more stylish experience. The gaming floor is one of the biggest and best designed in the city, where you can expect to stand elbow to elbow with high rollers. Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury hotels and the best house show in town are just some of the reasons that the City of Dreams is considered one of the most exclusive casinos in Macau.​ If you’re looking for the James Bond experience, the City of Dreams is the place to sip your martini.

    Check rates at the City of Dreams Crown Towers

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    The Sands Macau

    Sands Macau
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    Macau's first Las Vegas style casino has lost none of its appeal. More down to earth than Venetian and City of Dreams, the live bands and free drinks at the Sands Macau make this an easy casino to spend a few hours.  The massive gambling hall has all the appeal of an aircraft hangar, but it does mean there is a wide range of tables and minimum bets that won't break the bank. The location right next to the Macau/Hong Kong ferry pier means it's convenient  for a day trip, but it can be swamped on Friday and Saturday night with businesmen from Hong Kong. 

    Check rates at the Sands Macau

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    Wynn Macau

    Wynn Macau
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    Smaller, but smarter than most of its rivals, the Wynn Macau is where the big rollers go to splash their cash. Million dollar tapestries are stapled to the wall and Qing era vases grace the hotel lobbies, while the designer curves make it one of the most attractive casinos in Macau. Inside you'll find tables with pricey minimum bets and a high rollers room that is said to be one of the most exclusive in the city. It's a casino worth ​seeing, but perhaps stick to the slot machines. 

    Check rates for the Wynn Macau Hotel

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    Grand Lisboa Macau

    Grand Lisboa
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    This is a Macau original. Before the Las Vegas imports arrived the Lisboa was the biggest deal in town. It has a refurbishment since the competition opened and the Michelin star restaurant, five-star hotel rooms are testament to its success. Yet, it still remains most attractive because the casino offers less glitz and more gambling. The warren of rooms here hide hundreds of tables and plenty of big rollers. The focus is on showing your cards rather than catching a show. The best place in town to enjoy the more classical Macau casino experience. 

    Check rates for the Grand Lisboa Macau Hotel