Nobody knows what will happen to the world in the nearest future, let’s say in three years. Everyone guesses. So do the gamblers. They can’t stop asking themselves where the biggest poker tournaments will be held; who will run the biggest online poker site; where will the world go to gamble, etc. There are a lot of questions, but if to answer them regarding present day situation, we should say that now thousands of people go to Las Vegas to gamble. It has been a gambling city since its legalization on 19th March, 1931. As for the biggest online gambling sites, the majority of them have manly American and European themes.
What concerns Macau, it’s a small area on the southern coast of China. The approximate number of arrivals made up 19 million in 2005 (the majority of them come from China), thus Macau overtook Las Vegas. Popularity of the city is determined by the increasing role of tourism and gambling in the Greater China Region. Being the only city in the Region where casinos are legal and with the Chinese population of about 1.3 billion people, Macau has a lucky chance to develop. No wonder, the city attracts investors from all over the world, from MGM Mirage to Steve Wynn, to say nothing of Stanley Ho – the 84th richest man in the world owning 90% of all Macau’s casinos. Now the city is planning 25 high class resorts and casinos, all to be built by 2009: the Wynn Macau Casino in 2006, the Venetian Macau in 2007, the Grand Lisboa, etc.
Eric with MacauTexasHoldem.com says that with the increasing popularity of gambling, and playing poker particularly, we “can expect that Macau will have tournaments for traditional Vegas games and many Culture specific games that are new to most Americans”. Such great changes in the world of poker prompt that very soon eastern flavor will soon prevail in the poker business, for Macau is becoming a more serious rival, not only in real casinos, but also online.