Ten years after it first opened its doors and ushered casino gaming into Macau, Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Macao remains to be one of the most popular destinations in the city.
When the Sands Macao opened its doors to the public in 2004, it signified the government’s last bid to bring economic growth and tourism back to the region. Owned by the successful Las Vegas Sands Corporation and headed by renowned casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Sands Macao paved the way for globalisation and casino gaming in East Asia.
The Sands Macao owns the distinction of becoming even more popular than Las Vegas itself, having paid off its $265 million mortgages and investments in only a year. Of course, before the Sands Macao was opened, the area could barely even be called an entertainment hub, and construction was a huge risk. Excellent advertising and word-of-mouth, however, drummed up enough interest in the casino, and millions flocked through its doors within the first few days.
Before the Sands Macao was opened, the total revenue Macau saw from casinos totalled in at about $2 billion – less than half of the revenues reported by Atlantic City. In 2013 – 9 years after its establishment – Macau’s total revenue was $45.1 billion, and Atlantic City’s was $2.9 billion. The Sands Macao has undoubtedly brought a great boon to Macau’s local economy.
Now, there are many other casinos that have sprouted in Macau. While the casino scene has since improved, the Sands Macao remains to be a historic destination.
Because it is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, gaming is a key component in Sands Macao – one that has been developed extensively in the past few years. The casino itself has the best set of betting ranges offered in all of Macau, with almost a thousand gaming tables for just about any kind of casino game.
In fact, the casino also boasts of having the largest collection of video gaming machines, totalling at 740 different video gaming terminals for their patrons.
Dining at Sands Macao
An award-winning restaurant, Golden Court, has made its home in the Sands Macau. Traditional and contemporary Cantonese dishes are served in the restaurant, but that’s not all. The casino also comes fully-equipped with its own steakhouse, an Edo Japanese restaurant, and some fast food establishments like KFC and the Moonlight Noodle House.
All of these restaurants also came together to launch specialised menus in time for the Sands Macao’s 10th anniversary. With adaptable and well-trained executive chefs and sous chefs, the restaurants at Sands Macao have everything than a hungry casino-goer could ever want, or need.
Events and Activities
The Sands Macao features live performances from some of the most talented artists in the world, all in the posh bar, Xanadu. An adorable Korean pop group, Merry G, regularly performs at Xanadu, combining strong vocal talent with impressive choreography to maximise entertainment values. The Sands Angels, Baccarat Babes, and other dance troupes also regularly perform at the Sands Macao.
The Sands Theatre also features other high-calibre artists, and patrons can rest assured that they will have nothing but the most amazing experience at Sands Macao.
Sands Macao Dress Code
There is no dress code implemented at the Sands Macao, alluding once again to the culture of Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. However, appropriate dress is strictly implemented, and anyone found to be wearing offensive clothing may be sent out of the casino.
Sands Macao Membership
Joining the club entails signing up for the Sands Rewards Club, which allows players to earn points each time they play, eat or drink at the casino. Membership even unlocks premium hidden tournaments like the Sands Premium Baccarat Tournament, and entries to raffles for millions of dollars.