The last time I was in Macau, I stayed at my brother in-law’s place. Outside his balcony I watched the construction of what was to become billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian casino. It looked really cool and was massive in size compared to its neighbor, Sands.
> The Venetian boasts what it claims to be the world’s largest gaming space of 550,000 square feet (50,000 square meters), housing 3,400 slot machines – with room to expand to 6,000 – and more than 800 gambling tables.
It has 3,000 rooms, a 15,000-seat sports arena, retail space for 350 stores, 1.2 million square feet (108,000 square meters) of convention space, fine dining and a Cirque du Soleil-produced show.
Its decor aims to replicate the beauty of Venice – with a Chinese touch. Chinese-style sampans as well as gondolas will sail down canals. The resort also features a replica of Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. [via Yahoo]
What blew me away was how busy all the casinos in Macau are. You could go in one at 2AM on a Wednesday morning and all the tables would be packed. Did I play when I was there? Sure, I played the slots and promptly lost after being solicited by a lady of the evening. Bad luck. :)
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