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Wynn has also attracted high-end stores, including Gucci, Hermes, Cartier, Bulgari, Georgio Armani and Chanel.

For something saucy, TABOO has been taking cabaret to a whole new level since 2012.

The casino: It’s got the world’s largest casino floor, so no surprise that it gets a lot of traffic with a fair number of non-gambling visitors coming just to take a look — 80,000 people cross the casino floor every day.

There’s another Wynn resort under construction on the Cotai Strip that will be much bigger. It lays claims to having the world’s largest casino floor — almost 540,000 square feet of gaming space.

Poker Stars Live hosts its annual Asian Championship Poker here as well. The next one runs October 18-November 3, 2013.

Bettors can lay their bets before or after the ball lands in the winning slot because the LCD Smart Glass over the wheel turns opaque while it’s spinning and then turns clear to reveal the winning number when the spinning has stopped. The minimum bet on dragon elements is HK$25 ($3) a spin — which makes it an affordable quick thrill.

Before you place your bets

The big one: Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The restaurants offer a range of Asian food, from Japanese, Korean and Chiu Chow to Cantonese and Macanese.

Hotel: The City of Dreams’ has three hotels. The Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Tower and the Grand Hyatt Macau each have their own distinct personality and offer a total of 1,400 rooms.

The original: Grand Lisboa

Dragon elements, launched in May, looks similar to a traditional roulette table but there’s a dragon motif on the table and the numbers on the wheel are sequential.

The house rules are pretty much the same across the city and casinos offer similar games, with baccarat being the most popular by a long stretch.

It now focuses on big-name stars and has hosted Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

At night this iconic building is ablaze with lights that constantly change color.

Blackjack starts at HK$300 ($39) with an HK$1,000 ($129) minimum bet in the High Limit area. Every two months it hosts Red Dragon, a major poker tournament and the biggest of its kind in Asia.  

From 11 a.m. It’s due to open in early 2016.

Macau casinosThe must-see casino in Macau. In September 2013 it was named one of the world’s top 25 skyscrapers. 

The casino: The sprawling 420,000-square-foot space is packed with about 400 gaming tables and 1,300 machines. 

The casino: With gaming space split over four floors, the casino has more than 430 gaming tables and 730 slot machines.

Walk through any Macau casino and the vast majority of tables will be baccarat. Senhora da Esperança, Macau; +853 2882 8888

Hotel: There are three hotels, all keeping with the Asian theme.

There’s also sic bo, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, roulette, fortune wheel (an easy game for beginners with a minimum bet of HK$50, or $6) and casino war.

The Venetian recently introduced two new signature games, both based on longstanding favorites. 

The connoisseur: City Of Dreams

Gamblers in premium rooms get massage chairs and a fleet of London taxis at their disposal.

Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperença, Cotai, Macau; +853 2888 0888

That’s small in comparison to the huge resorts on the Cotai Strip, but size isn’t everything — this is one classy hotel.

Hotel: There are 3,000 suites and each is at least 750 square feet with a sunken living room, private bedroom and flashy bathroom.

Macau casinosNot a serious punter? A show at Wynn Macau might be the ticket.
Opened in 2006, the Wynn was Macau’s first Las Vegas-style resort.

Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, Nape, Macau; +853 2888 9966

The casino: This flash gambling palace has huge crystal chandeliers, fine carpets and careful attention to detail.

Leggy dancing girls from the Crazy Paris Show start their performance at 2 p.m.
The Venetian isn’t just the biggest casino in Macau. The Wynn Spa has an extensive list of treatments, as well.

If you’re after the luxury casino experience rather than something big, bold and brassy, Wynn Macau is the one for you.

Macau casinosFor a truly Asian experience, it’s Galaxy.
Given that more than 95% of Macau’s tourists are from Asia, a resort catering to Asian tastes makes sense.

While families will have a fantastic time at the Venetian, if you’re kid-free and want to have some fun in the casino then City of Dreams is the place for you.

A hot new attraction is Poker Stars Live, which has proved a hit with Asian gamblers. Read the policy.

It opened with the residency for Cirque du Soleil, but that didn’t pan out (insiders say the largely mainland market has seen plenty of amazing acrobats in China) and it closed last year.

The party never stops in Macau, thanks to 24-hour gambling at all 33 of the city’s casinos.

The games: Baccarat is available with bets ranging from a minimum HK$50 ($6) up to HK$3 million ($386,900).

The games: That massive casino floor is home to more than 500 gaming tables (baccarat, sands stud poker, blackjack, sic bo and roulette) plus more than 2,000 slot machines and electronic games.

When a gambler is on a winning streak other punters join in, throwing their money behind him, and the atmosphere can be electric.

The casino: The casino isn’t the absolute highlight of the property. Good luck finding your way out. The most popular game after baccarat is sic bo — or “big /small” — an ancient Chinese game played with three dice.

CNN Travel’s series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. on the main floor of the casino and keep up the Can Can until 2 a.m.

The games: It might not be as big as the Venetian, but it’s still a monstrous gaming space with a vast expanse of 600 tables offering all the major games. It does, however, have Robuchon au Dome by the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, Joel Robuchon, and eight other restaurants and cafes.

Amazingly, the city’s casino scene blossomed just a decade ago, when the Macau government ended tycoon Stanley Ho’s 40-year monopoly on gambling in the city

Macau casinosCity of Dreams is geared toward those who prefer to pair their chips with a glass of wine.
Located across the road from the Venetian on the Cotai Strip, the City of Dreams targets a different kind of guest.

There’s also a gym and a modest spa.

There are four fine dining restaurants, four casual restaurants and three bars. Fast action baccarat is a hyped up version of the classic table baccarat — chips are automated and collected via trap doors built into the table. Watching these ethereal, translucent creatures while you check in can be mesmerizing.

Macau has its own currency — the pataca, or MOP — but in the casinos the currency of choice is the Hong Kong dollar.

Five new gaming operators have since come onboard to join Ho’s SJM Holdings — Wynn Macau, Sands China, Galaxy Entertainment Group, MGM China Holdings and Melco Crown Entertainment. 

The original 12-story casino Lisboa was built in 1970 by Stanley Ho.

What else? The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water-based show. There are 1,500 slot machines with plenty of variety.

What else? The knockout feature is the rooftop wave pool, the largest in the world. For the best odds, according to the Australian floor manager, play craps — but you’ll have to look around for the table, as there’s just one.

Macau casinoGrand Lisboa. Mobile chip trays mean dealers can hand out chips to winning bets faster. All this translates into a high-energy game that can be played by up to 60 people.

The cinema complex has nine screens including a 3D theater, a nightclub, shopping promenade and spas.

You’ll also see it in the restaurant options and other facilities — all with an Asian flavor.

It expanded in 2010, adding a tower to become the biggest hotel on the Macau peninsula with 1,008 rooms and suites.

The Asian experience: Galaxy

Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau; +853 2828 3838

Hotel: The décor here is contemporary cool with playful elements, such as the moon jellyfish aquarium behind the check-in desk. The one casino that screams “Macau.”
Sitting in a great location right in the heart of the action is the original — Lisboa, just off Avenue D’Amizade alongside its sister property.

Gamblers come from more than 60 countries to take part in the action, which costs HK$11,000 ($1,419) to buy in.

The games: Minimum bets on the tables are higher here than other casinos — you’re paying for a well-polished property with great service.

What else? This was the first of Macau’s casino hotels to focus on entertainment.

What else? The facilities are outstanding. Created and directed by Franco Dragone, it’s performed by 80 artists in a specially built 270-degree theater-in-the-round.

Hotel: The Grand Lisboa Hotel has 430 rooms and suites. There are two spas — Encore Spa’s eight treatment rooms each have a Jacuzzi, sauna and shower room and guests can linger a while after their treatment. until midnight there’s a choreographed light and water show on Performance Lake in front of the property that runs every 15 minutes. 

The Venetian, Estrada da Baía de N. For a stunning view of the city, get a room on the 11th floor or above.

More on CNN: 10 things to know before visiting Macau

The Las Vegas Sands group spent $2.4 billion to build this replica of the Las Vegas original, but added a lot more.

It’s known for its lavish design and although the smoky warren of gaming rooms has been renovated it’s still worth putting your head in — you don’t have to look too hard to spot some of the hardcore old-timers.

This is most obvious in the Southeast Asian-themed architecture, such as the Buddhist stupas that top the property’s two towers.

In fact, some casinos only accept Hong Kong cash.

City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo (Coloane), Zona de Aterros entre as Ilhas de Coloane e da Taipa (Cotai), Macau; +853 8590 3000

Today, Macau pulls in more than five times the gaming revenue of Las Vegas and business is increasing with more casinos on the way.

At 856 feet the Grand Lisboa is the tallest building in Macau. There’s a white sand beach to go with it.

In such a crowded market there’s heavy competition to be the brightest and the best, but the main players have each managed to carve out their own niche.

No expense was spared in bringing Venice to Macau — there’s even a Grand Canal Shoppes complete with gondolas, on which gondoliers serenade guests.

What else? Unlike other casinos, Grand Lisboa doesn’t have much by way of entertainment. It’s not especially big — 205,000 square feet — but with low ceilings and dimmed lights it’s well suited to those looking for an intimate gambling experience.

The Galaxy lays claim to handing out more million-dollar jackpots than any other Macau casino — so far in 2013 the highest pay out has been HK$21million ($2.7million).

Opened in May 2011, the Galaxy is where you go for a truly Asian experience — it even promotes itself as offering “World Class Asian Heart.”

The Galaxy Hotel takes up the left tower and the right tower is split between the Japanese chain Hotel Okura and Singapore’s Banyan Tree Hotel, which is the luxury option and offers suites and Pool Villas.

A big draw is the Poker Room that offers No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.

The boutique: Wynn Macau

The games: There’s a good variety of games with all the usual suspects — baccarat, blackjack, craps, fan tan, roulette, sic bo, big wheel and more.

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The minimum sic bo bet is $300 ($39) and there are 40 tables

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John McCain’s Gambling Problem — and Ours?

“Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John’s life,” says John Weaver, McCain’s former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino.

But will all this attention now “scare the craps” out of McCain?

I love this quote from Anthony Holden, the well-known British poker-player and writer, from a recent article in the London Telegraph: “We poker players don’t call poker gambling. “Craps is addictive,” McCain remarked, and he headed for the fifteen-dollar-minimum-bet tables. McCain is an avid gambler. But McCain’s betting formula makes it much more complicated. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.

You may have read the Time piece already so here is an excerpt from an earlier Connie Bruck piece in The New Yorker, May 30, 2005:

This Blogger’s Books and Other Items from…. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. At the most obvious level, the game is incredibly simple — players rotate turns throwing the dice, and you either win or lose depending on what number comes up. Wes Gullett, a close friend who worked for McCain for years, told me that they used to play craps in Las Vegas in fourteen-hour stints, standing at the tables from 10 a.m. In the heat of the G.O.P.

This is not exactly my area of expertise, though I have been to Vegas three times in the past two years for conventions, during which I played the slots in the casinos for about a half-hour total — while winning two $75 jackpots on the machines at the airport!

Only recently have McCain’s aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. “Taking a chance, playing against the odds.” Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. It is a game of skill. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.”

The Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf article at Time contrasted McCain’s high-stakes and risk-taking gambling with Obama’s cautious, cerebral brand, practically inviting readers to consider how this might play out when one of them is in the Oval Office.

And here’s an excerpt from the Time story:

The surprising Time magazine piece this week about the gambling habits of John McCain (craps) and Barack Obama (poker) continues to reverberate, with McCain’s much more avid and cash-expending pursuit drawing most of the attention. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request. That’s more than borderline unseemly, I’d say — easily several hundred thousand dollars over a period of 5-10 years if McCain plays regularly. to midnight.

It’s not exactly a bolt out of the blue — as long ago as the 2000 campaign, Maureen Dowd was joking about the Bush men staking out the craps tables in Vegas to catch McCain in the act — but still intriguing. “He clearly knows that this is on the borderline of what is acceptable for him to be doing,” says a Republican who has watched McCain play. “This is a very, very superstitious game,” he said. And Noam Schieber comments today at the New Republic’s The Stump blog on McCain’s visits to the crap tables in Vegas: “A few thousand dollars at a time? Wow. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before. “Uh-oh!” he cried, as a player accidentally threw the dice off the table. It’s certainly a far cry from the $1-ante games Obama played in Springfield.”

The moment the car stopped at McCain’s hotel in downtown New Orleans, he set out at his usual fast clip for Harrah’s, across the street. “He never, ever plays on the house,” says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser. You may have thrilling short term wins but only madmen play craps.”

In the past decade, [McCain] has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip. Craps is an absurd game of luck. “And he just sort of revels in it.”

A diarist at DailyKos is even probing whether McCain has ever filed the proper federal tax forms for gambling profits and losses