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Macau Casinos

Macau is widely considered as the world's biggest casino gaming market. And it is also the only market in China to offer legalized casino gaming.

In 2008, Macau's casino gaming revenues reached $13.6 billion, a whopping 31.0% increase over the previous year.

Casino Gaming in Macau is managed through franchises awarded by the Macau Government to three different concessionaires and three sub-concessionaires.

Sociedade de Jogos de Macau S.A., simply known as SJM, holds on of the three concessions. SJM is Macau's largest gaming concessionaire in terms of gaming revenue and number of casinos. SJM is the only casino gaming concessionaire with local roots as it is controlled by known casino mogul Dr. Stanley Ho.

SJM used to be the only casino gaming operator in Macau and has over 40 years of operating experience.

Galaxy Casino Company Limited, more popularly known as Galaxy, holds Macau's second gaming concession. Galaxy operates a number of casinos, including StarWorld Hotel, which has more than 500 rooms and about 140,000 square foot of gaming space.

Another Galaxy property, Galaxy Macau, located adjacent to The Venetian Macau, features 2,500 hotel rooms and has around 700 table games and 4,000 slot machines.

Wynn Resorts (Macau), S.A., also known as Wynn Macau, holds Macau's third casino gaming concession. Wynn Macau opened in September 2006 and was dubbed as the first Las Vegas-style integrated resort in Asia.

Wynn Macau features 600 hotel rooms and suites, approximately 212 table games and 375 slot machines in about 205,000 square feet of casino gaming space. The facility also features an assortment of non-gaming attractions like restaurants, retail spaces and multi-purpose convention facilities.

Sub-concessions

MGM Grand Paradise Limited, a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Dr. Stanley Ho's daughter, Pansy Ho Chiu-King, has one of the three casino gaming sub-concessions in Macau. The company obtained the sub-concession in April 2005.

In December 2007, the company opened the MGM Grand Macau. The property features approximately 600 hotel rooms, 375 table games, 900 slot machines and an assortment of restaurants and entertainment amenities.

Galaxy and Las Vegas Sands, Corp. holds the second casino gaming sub-concession in Macau. In May 2004, Las Vegas Sands, Corp. opened Sands Macau which was dubbed as the first Las Vegas-style casino to open in Macau.

Then in August 2007, Las Vegas Sands, Corp. opened The Venetian Macau, known as one of the biggest casino gaming facilities in the world.

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, formerly Melco PBL Entertainment, holds the third casino gaming sub-concession in Macau after it bought the rights from Wynn Resorts Macau.

In May 2007, Melco Crown Entertainment Limited opened the Crown Macau, which features a 216-room hotel, a casino and other nongaming amenities.

In 2009, the company opened the City of Dreams, an integrated casino resort located near the Cotai Strip. The Facility features a 420,000 square foot casino with 520 gaming tables and 1,350 gaming machines. The complex has four hotels which has a total of around 2,200 rooms.