Main areas with casinos
Macao has always been a very important gambling area in Asia. The Portuguese built the very first casinos when they settled in the region in the middle of the 16th century. However, the importance of the casinos there became only noticeable in 2001, when foreign companies were allowed to develop casinos in Macao. As a result of this, gigantic establishments like those in Nevada were built, and changed the gambling industry significantly. Since 2008, the revenues rose to over four times than those of Las Vegas. However, Macao is not the only place in Asia that offers high-class casinos. Singapore also has two casinos, both were opened in the second half of the 2000s, and both casinos also have an impressive turnover that exceeds the revenue of the casinos in Las Vegas, which now only ranks on third place in the world capitals of gambling.
Malaysia, the Philippines, Nepal and South Korea also have casinos, which are still relatively young, but nevertheless very profitable. All these countries mainly attract their clientele from Japan, where the gambling-ban might now get lifted in the year 2017, but also with the growth of Chinese tourism over the last 10 years, many visitors have come from the central Asian region.
There are also Sri Lanka and India in the West that have legalised gambling and are starting to build large casinos with a promising future.
Most popular games
Contrary to casinos in the West, slot machines and video poker are not the most popular games in Asian casinos. Table games have a lot more presence in this part of the world. Many players particularly enjoy baccarat. Although poker is not very popular, other games, such as roulette, blackjack, casino war or wheel of fortune can often be found. You can also find Asian games, such as mah jong, pai gow or sic bo which are becoming more popular in the Western world, as well as some games, such as fish prawn crab or fan tan that are still unknown in Western casinos.