China, officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China, with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).
Gambling Legislation and Regulation in China
In general, gaming or gambling is officially illegal in China, as dictated by the country’s legislation. Nevertheless, the Chinese citizens can participate in official state lotteries, or they can travel to the country’s special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, wherein gaming is legal and regulated. Gaming in Hong Kong is generally more focused on race betting; while the gaming industry in Macau is more diverse and large scale. The city of Macau boasts of several fully fledged casino and hotel resorts, all with world-class, elegant and luxurious amenities.
The Entertainment Capital of China: Macau
As mentioned above, the China Casino and Entertainment industry is focused and regulated within the special administrative zone of Macau, which is largely self-governing and somewhat separate from China.
Gaming or playing with games of chance has a long history on Chinese soil, specifically in Macau. Ever since the 1850s, when the city was still under Portuguese rule, gaming or gambling has been legalized and regulated in this region. And since then, the port city has been widely known globally as the Gaming Capital of the East, or the Monte Carlo of the Orient.
All in all, there are more than 50 gaming hubs and casinos in China– all of them located and established in the city of Macau. From a bird’s eye view, this number would sum up to more than 3,500 table games, over 8,900 slot and gaming machines, and more than 30 live poker tables.