Review written by Sophie Couard, February 18, 2016.
The Oceanus opened in December 2009, and is somewhat of a curiosity in Macau, as it has no hotel. I know that this is also the case with the Babylon and the Paradise Kampek, but unlike them, the establishment is very large, and it is one of my favourite casinos on the island. And with regards to sleeping, there are still many other places around to choose from. The casino is located in the area of Fisherman's Wharf, near the Casa Real, the Sands or the Golden Dragon. The Oceanus was designed by the internationally renowned architect Paul Steelman, and it has a typical look with multicoloured sparkling bubbles.
A very nice casino
Of course, the interior and exterior decoration of a casino do not change the payout rate of the games, and it also does not make the game selection more diverse, but it is important for the atmosphere while playing, and in the case of the Oceanus, it is a particularly nice atmosphere. The walls are decorated with pictures of fish and aquatic scenes, and there are also bluish columns with floating bubbles. It is probably really hard to imagine what it looks like now, but trust me, the casino is really worth a visit. I also really like the space in the casino. For example, on the second floor are only 20 tables, although it would easily be possible to put 50 tables there. This creates a very pleasant and spacious feeling, very much unlike many other establishments that may feel a little too cramped.
The slot machines
The Oceanus has video poker machines! This is not very common in Macau, so we will start with giving you more information about them. There are several different variants available, among them:
- jacks or better,
- bonus poker,
- double bonus,
- deuces wild,
- joker poker.
Slot machine fans should also be happy, as the casino offers about 300 devices from 5 cents to $1. There are even electronic versions of roulette and sic bo from $10.
The table games
Another thing that is not very common in Macau is that the Oceanus is more directed at the general public. The minimum bet limits are among the lowest on the island. You can find many tables from $100 to $200. The diversity of the tables is also very large, and you can play at tables with:
- 3 card baccarat,
- commission free baccarat,
- caribbean stud poker,
- fan tan,
- pai gow,
- sic bo.
No hotel available, but you can still have a good time
Something that stands out of the Oceanus is that it does not have a hotel. You will have to look elsewhere for accommodation. However, it does not mean that other services are missing when you play in this complex. In fact, there are still many other services offered aside from gambling.
Since the Oceanus casino is primarily directed at the general public, it is only logical to assume that you can also find good value for money with dining. Fortunately, this is the case, as the two restaurants offers very reasonable prices. You have the choice between:
- the Treasure House dedicated to Chinese cuisine,
- the Jackpot Noodle which is more specialised in Cantonese and Shanxi noodle dishes.
You can also enjoy two bars that open from 2 pm:
- the Coin Good Luck,
- the Kingpin Bar.
The two bars have the exact same offer and there is a snack menu with sandwiches, salads, a few starters and desserts. Of course, you can also have a drink from a wide range of drinks.
I will repeat what I said previously: in my opinion, the Oceanus is one of the best casinos in Macau. Although it does not have a hotel, you can find everything else there. One negative aspect about the game selection, and it may upset some players, is that there are no craps tables or a poker room.
Still, for casino in Macau, I think it is a good variety of games with 9 different table games, lots of slot machines and video poker, which is a larger selection than what many other casinos in the region offer.
I also like that the betting limits are relatively low. There are not many places on the island where you can bet from $100 or $200 at a table. Casual players will appreciate that. In this case, a VIP player might not understand why I like this casino so much. Personally, I love the decor as well, as it is very original and the atmosphere is very pleasant.