It’s hard to miss the MGM Macau with its immense 154 metre high glass façade facing the sea. The MGM Macau is one of the superb hotel-casinos which have sprung up in this Chinese autonomous Region and have recently lead to it becoming the new world gaming capital. The 5 star hotel is owned by MGM Resorts International and Pansy Ho ( daughter of the casino magnate Stanley Ho).
History of the MGM Macau
After holding a 40 year monopoly over the gambling industry in Macau, Stanley Ho, the iconic Hong Kong born businessman had to face up to stiff competition from American casino magnates on his home “territory”. As a result of lobbying by major operators such as Sheldon Adelson and also to attempt to limit Stanley Ho’s influence over the ex- Portuguese province recently ceded to China, the new Chinese authorities opened up the gaming market in 2002. New huge, luxurious hotel-complexes began to make Macau look like a new Strip and while Wynn, Adelson and others were constructing their sensational complexes Kirk Kerkorian began to build the MGM Grand Macau. MGM Mirage Group’s gigantic new 1.25 billion dollar complex was launched on the 18th of December 2007 just a few months after the Sands Las Vegas’ Venetian Macau and Steve Wynn’s Wynn Macau. At the time the MGM Grand Macau had a 20 620m2 casino offering numerous gaming tables and various types of slot machines along with several other attractions ( a conference centre, a ballroom, a spa, restaurants, bars etc).
Then the complex was extended to create a 25 000m2 casino gaming area with an extra 240 slot machines and 70 gaming tables. In 2010, when the MGM Mirage Group became MGM Resorts International, the complex was renamed the MGM Macau. In 2011, after a stock market deal, Pansy Ho, daughter of Stanley Ho, acquired a 50 percent share in the 35 floor, 600 luxury room 5 star hotel.
The MGM Macau’s Attractions
In the manner of Las Vegas’ leading hotel-casinos, the MGM Macau offers many entertaining and relaxing attractions. The complex has several gourmet restaurants providing international cuisine. In the Imperial Court one can indulge in tasty Cantonese food in a sumptuous Asian decor and the Beaux Arts restaurant offers gourmet French food. One can relax in the MGM Macau’s outdoor swimming pool and in its world renowned spa. The Six Senses Spa with its enchanting decor has 12 treatment areas where one can relax or get fit. The complex also has a 1 452m2 convention centre and a 807 m2 ballroom.
The MGM Casino
At 25 000m2, the MGM Macau’s casino is one of the largest in the city and even in the world. This complete gaming Mecca offers all the main casino classics including more than a thousand slot machines of all kinds with bets from 1 HKD to 10 HKD. Table games fans have almost 500 gaming tables with baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker and Sic Bo among others although the MGM Casino doesn’t offer Texas Hold’em Poker.