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Maccau Casino for the first time

Old Dec 15, 17, 2:38 am
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Maccau Casino for the first time

I'm a Vegas regular and am a platinum member of MGM's Mlife program.

I've just bagged a 241 in First with BA to HKG in the summer and intend to have 3 nights at the MGM in Maccau.

I notice MGM isn't listed in my Mlife portal for hotels to book so does anyone else with status at MGM Vegas get hosts to arrange rooms in Maccau?

Also, my favourite table game is Ultimate Texas Holdem. Am I right in thinking I may have to go without this in Maccau?

Answers and any tips for a first time vistior to both Hong Kong and Maccau would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 15, 17, 3:07 am
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First, it's called Macau, or Macao in the Portuguese.

Be prepared for everything in Macau geared towards Mainland Chinese. I hadn't visited for a few years and noted how much it has changed. The ferries from Hong Kong to Macau are busy with Mainland groups, so go for the higher class (I'm sure you would anyway) or, best of all, go via helicopter.

Racing in Hong Kong stops for a few weeks in summer, but if you are here on a Wed (night meeting) or Sat/Sun (day meeting) consider going to the races. Happy Valley on a Wednesday evening is an experience.

BTW, Hong Kong + summer = hot, humid, rain/typhoons, so just be prepared for that. If a typhoon is coming in, ferries, flights, etc. can be cancelled. And Macau is usually hit worse than Hong Kong.

Anything specific you are wondering about?
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Old Dec 15, 17, 6:33 am
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enjoy but if that is what you play, if you are only going to Macau for the casinos, my advice, don't.

frankly, they sucked as you compare with LV, at least for playing.

Casino Comps in Macau

there are many threads with more information on tripadvisor forums also.

i could not afford to have a large enough bankroll to even play BJ at the limits and i truly truly don't get the hard on for baccarat. and craps are few and far between.

someone might also chime in but macau was fantastic to visit when i went in early sept last year, but hot as crap and humid, but just not the casinos.
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Old Dec 15, 17, 12:43 pm
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By the summer, the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge should be open making the ferry obsolete.
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Old Dec 15, 17, 12:46 pm
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Take your passport to prove you are an international guest and you'll get in to the members area at Happy Valley. It's an absolute nightmare to get home.
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Visited 1 day to play all day. High minimums and huge crowds there to gawk. Be prepared.
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Hi,

In summer prepare for humidity and thunderstorms/heavy rain.

At the Wynn Macau you had to go through a metal detector to enter the casino

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Old Dec 15, 17, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by CAPT Tee View Post
By the summer, the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge should be open making the ferry obsolete.
I very much doubt that. The journey time from Central to Macau will be no shorter, and the price will undoubtedly not be much lower.

If they'd done the sensible thing and made it a rail link connecting the airports and the city centres then it would be a different story.
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I'm a regular to Las Vegas (5-6 times per year), and an annual traveler to Hong Kong/Macau in April for the Sevens, and can tell you as a Westerner, a visit to Macau for gambling has become a soul-crushing experience.
First, Macau has completely lost its charm from even 10 years ago, before the explosion of Western-style casinos - Wynn, Venetian, etc... The city is now a soul-less tourist trap. Yes, the architecture is fantastic, the scope of what they have achieved in 10 years is amazing, but it has no soul, no charm. Everything is just bigger and bigger.
Second, table games are slanted heavily to Baccarat, at the expense of the games most Westerners love, like BJ and Craps.
Third, table limits are so high, I find it mind-boggling. I'm fortunate to be really comfortable economically, but I look at $300HKD and $500HKD table minimums and shake my head. I love gaming for the fun of the game, and I never look at it as a way to make money. Knowing basic strategy at BJ and playing perfect craps still means I must expect to lose 1-2% over the long haul. The rapacious table stakes simply means I'm guaranteed to lose more. Nothing beats a $5 minimum craps game with 10X odds, and a $5000 limit, relatively easy to find in Vegas or the Gulf Coast. Forget that in Macau! Also, while a $5000-$7500 USD bankroll will assure you some pretty swell treatment in Vegas, and you will be treated like a king on the Gulf Coast, a bankroll like that in Macau places you with the tourists and paupers! I have no idea where all of this liquidity is coming from, but there are few places that make me feel as poor as the casinos of Macau.
Fourth, I agree with the recommendations re: horse racing. The night races at Happy Valley are simply magical, and the races at ShaTin aren't bad either. One tip, I live my life in shorts, but they do not allow men wearing shorts into the upscale or expat grandstands at either track, regardless of the passport you hold or how much you bring to gamble!
Having said all that, Macau is still the freak show that you need to see to believe. I was very fortunate that I saw Macau before the Sands opened (the first big Western style joint to open), and prefer to remember it as that way than the grotesque freak show that it has become.
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Originally Posted by christep View Post
I very much doubt that. The journey time from Central to Macau will be no shorter, and the price will undoubtedly not be much lower.

If they'd done the sensible thing and made it a rail link connecting the airports and the city centres then it would be a different story.
I agree, I don't think the link will make the ferries obsolete - there will be a place for both, but expect the land link to be clogged with commercial traffic, and with car traffic that will slow immigration/customs processes. Frankly, I look forward to the ferry ride as a time to unwind for 50 minutes or so, and the customs formalities on either end keep getting better and better with advancements like e-channel.
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Originally Posted by CAPT Tee View Post
By the summer, the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge should be open making the ferry obsolete.
in 2018? no that's not gonna happen.

and mind you, its a deathtrap since it isnt properly engineered.
Drifting problems at artificial island for mega bridge more serious than thought, Hong Kong officials say | South China Morning Post
https://www.todayonline.com/world/ma...ed-mega-bridge
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Originally Posted by willflyforfood View Post
I'm a regular to Las Vegas (5-6 times per year), and an annual traveler to Hong Kong/Macau in April for the Sevens, and can tell you as a Westerner, a visit to Macau for gambling has become a soul-crushing experience.
First, Macau has completely lost its charm from even 10 years ago, before the explosion of Western-style casinos - Wynn, Venetian, etc... The city is now a soul-less tourist trap. Yes, the architecture is fantastic, the scope of what they have achieved in 10 years is amazing, but it has no soul, no charm. Everything is just bigger and bigger.
Second, table games are slanted heavily to Baccarat, at the expense of the games most Westerners love, like BJ and Craps.
Third, table limits are so high, I find it mind-boggling. I'm fortunate to be really comfortable economically, but I look at $300HKD and $500HKD table minimums and shake my head. I love gaming for the fun of the game, and I never look at it as a way to make money. Knowing basic strategy at BJ and playing perfect craps still means I must expect to lose 1-2% over the long haul. The rapacious table stakes simply means I'm guaranteed to lose more. Nothing beats a $5 minimum craps game with 10X odds, and a $5000 limit, relatively easy to find in Vegas or the Gulf Coast. Forget that in Macau! Also, while a $5000-$7500 USD bankroll will assure you some pretty swell treatment in Vegas, and you will be treated like a king on the Gulf Coast, a bankroll like that in Macau places you with the tourists and paupers! I have no idea where all of this liquidity is coming from, but there are few places that make me feel as poor as the casinos of Macau.
Fourth, I agree with the recommendations re: horse racing. The night races at Happy Valley are simply magical, and the races at ShaTin aren't bad either. One tip, I live my life in shorts, but they do not allow men wearing shorts into the upscale or expat grandstands at either track, regardless of the passport you hold or how much you bring to gamble!
Having said all that, Macau is still the freak show that you need to see to believe. I was very fortunate that I saw Macau before the Sands opened (the first big Western style joint to open), and prefer to remember it as that way than the grotesque freak show that it has become.
I believe you've gotta go to some 2nd tier gambling halls closer to the Macau ferry pier to get sub-300HKD tables. dont know what they play though, since i dont gamble - but i have to walk thru one or 2 of them since often family dinners we have a few times a year dictates me going thru one.
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