All bets are on in Macau

All bets are on in Macau

Macau, China’s answer to Las Vegas, is now the gambling capital of the world. A handy jump across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, this former Portuguese settlement (the only place where you can gamble legally in China) draws a portion of Asia’s most affluent.

New developments in China rival even the Middle East for bigger, brighter, better world-firsts and it is strewn with gaudy hotels, super-casinos and giant malls hosting mega-gigs; visitors include Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and eldest son of Kim Jong-il (he was expected to take over as leader, until he got caught trying to sneak into Japan with a fake passport, in order to visit Disneyland).

The latest name to set its sights on the casino city? The Palazzo Versace, in what will be a joint development with Sociedade de Jogos de Macau and Versace in the Cotai casino resort. The announcement was made today, and the details are still a secret – but if Palazzo Versace in Australia’s Golden Coast and the soon to be opened Palazzo Versace Dubai is anything to go by, expect marble, Italian prints, gold, lavish fabrics imported from Milan and every other imaginable hallmark of Versace decadence.

Pictured: The Palazzo Verscae Australia

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