Macao is an interesting place. There are plenty of sights and historical buildings to fill the boots of any avid tourist. There’s enough delicious Cantonese, Macanese and Portuguese cuisine to stuff even the heartiest of bellies. And then there are the casinos…
|The misleadingly named, Wynn Casino in Macao|
I have to say, when I arrived in Macao I didn’t really think I would spend much time in the casinos. I’ve been to Vegas enough times to have lost interest in casinos, BUT I do have a weak spot when it comes to casinos: massive dinner buffets and playing Craps.
Do I need to explain why I’m drawn to the massive casino buffets? Who can possibly NOT love the huge spread at the buffet tables of gaming casinos? Certainly not a lover of food like me!
|I LOVE buffets!|
As for gambling, Craps is the ONLY type of gambling I’ve ever done and I think it’s probably going to be the only game I’d be willing to bet money on. It’s just so fun but darn if I could tell you how to play it!
Matt and I started playing Craps our first night in Macao. We were up by the time we got hungry and decided to splurge on a buffet dinner at the Wynn Casino. We stuffed ourselves silly!
|Enjoying round 1 of our epic buffet dinner|
After dinner, we immediately returned to the Craps table and made off with almost 500 HKD before we called it a night. We were absolutely over the moon!
|Our first night’s winnings|
The next day, we walked around the sights of Macao, getting lost in the small streets and alleyways and even catching a lion dancing show, before the lure of the gaming tables beckoned us and we returned to the Craps table to ahem, make more money.
|Lion dancers drawing a crowd around them in Macao|
As we were winning several hundred Hong Kong dollars again, Matt and I treated ourselves to yet another buffet dinner. This time it was at the Hotel Lisboa and in our ecstatic mood over winning, we both decided to be adventurous and tried oysters for the first time.
|Matt’s reaction to his first oyster|
|My reaction to my first oyster|
Then back to the dice! Matt and I walked away from the Craps table the second night with almost 300 HKD in our pockets. Success! And now it’s safe to say: we’re officially hooked on gambling.
The third day, perhaps we overdid it because we weren’t so lucky. Matt and I played Craps all afternoon (yes, a little excessive but hey, that’s addiction for you) at the Sands Casino but lost 700 HKD in the end before calling it quits.
|The stealer of gambling dreams (and our money)|
The fourth day, Matt and I did our best to avoid the gambling tables, we really did! We went sight-seeing again, trying to take our minds off the Craps table.
|The ruins of St. Paul’s Church|
We got lost making our way through Macao’s small side-streets.
|Losing our way in Macao|
Unfortunately, being gambling addicts, we inevitably returned to the Craps table at Wynn not too long after we finished sight-seeing, hoping to recover our losses. As this was our last night in Macao, Matt and I decided to just go all in and have a good time (while you know, making our millions). We ended up losing 1000 HKD before cutting our loses, saying goodbye to the casino workers who had become our friends during the many hours we spent at the gaming table, and leaving.
So Matt and I didn’t exactly make our millions in Macao as we had originally hoped, but it was definitely fun and we sure did have a good time.
I guess you just need to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em in Macao! Just try to fold ’em while you’re still up!
Have you ever played Craps before? Isn’t it fun? Can you tell us how to play the game?
© Connie Hum 2011