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– people detained in weekend raids on casinos and hotels in Macau, the world’s largest gambling destination by revenue.

Macau: A Succession Saga Fit for a Casino King

They call him the 'King of Macau' — and that's no mere flourish. Stanley Ho, an enigmatic billionaire and one-time ballroom dancer, built a multi-billion...

Can Asia's Gambling Industry Continue to Thrive?

When Edmund Ho, Macau's first chief executive, assumed office on December 20, 1999, the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong was a very different place...

Macau: Is the Casino Boom Back?

No other city in Asia may have been deflated more quickly by the global recession than the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau. After the local government opened...

Does Poker Stand a Chance in Asia?

From the towering, pineapple-shaped Grand Lisboa to the vast campus of the Venetian, there's no shortage of casinos to choose from in Macau. The only place in...

Fortunes Fade for Macau's Casino Kings

For most of the past five years, the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau seemed a sure bet. After the local government ended a decades-old gaming monopoly in 2002,...

Dark Days Ahead for Macau, Asia's Las Vegas?

If they built the casinos, the gamblers would come. That was the idea, anyway. Since a 40-year gambling monopoly ended in 2002 and the Sands Macau, the first...

Split Personality

Macau is a city that resonates with the sound of money. The nonstop rat-a-tat of millions of gambling chips tossed on blackjack and baccarat tables in its...

Up to Speed

Like the city in which it is held, the Macau Grand Prix has long been biding its time. For years, it trundled along in the bottom tier of race-car meetings as...

Macau's Class Act

Officially the world's top gambling destination, the small southern Chinese city of Macau last year hosted over 22 million visitors—more than 40 times its...

The Great Game

I've lost my nerve, and I'm not even gambling. The VIP room at the new Sands casino in Macau isn't for anyone with a weak stomach or a tight wallet, and I,...

Macau's Big Score

Macau's Portuguese colonial rulers legalized the city's first gambling house in 1847. But judging by the public reaction to the May 18 opening of the flashy...

Macau: Hot Deals

FERRY CLEVER If you can ignore the soft porn pictures advertising Macau's seedier hotels and nightclubs plastered on their windows, you'll find the small travel...

Macau: Hot Spot

If it was just for its casinos, Macau's self-styled title "the Monaco of the East" would stretch the bounds of credulity. The come-as-you-are, windowless,...

Macau: Web Cr@wling

A Year In Macau(www.macautourism.gov.mo/index.htm)COMPREHENSIVE CLICK Whether you're looking for concerts, fireworks festivals or dragon boat races, the official...

Macau's Big Gamble

One of the biggest international news stories of 1997 was Britain's surrender of Hong Kong to China--an event laden with pomp and political anxiety. Next week,...

Gambling On a Tiny Enclave's Future

When poet W.H. Auden visited Macau in 1938, he saw mostly the gulf between the languid Portuguese colonials and a China being pummeled by war: This city of...

What Has Happened to Hong Kong’s Triads?

A "classic triad hit" on a former newspaper editor reminds people that the fearsome organized crime gangs are still around, but in different forms