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Sands Macao 金沙娛樂場

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Largo de Monte Carlo, No.203, Macau [ map ]



Quick Take:

Sands Macao paid for itself in the first year of operation. It was the first casino opened by a Western company in Macau.


Check In: 3:00pm
Check Out: 11:00am
Deposit: First night charge
Resort Fee: No
Comp Club: Sands Club
Drink Service: Awesome

What You Need To Know:

Sands Macao's casino is the largest in the world, if measured by number of gaming tables. Sands Macao offers 740 gaming tables and 1,254 slot machines. The 229,000 square foot casino is spread over three floors - the Main gaming floor, the Fortune Level (2), and the new Treasure Level (3).
In addition to the Sands Macao's casino floor, they recently opened "The Pearl Room" a VIP boutique casino that features 40 gaming tables and 180 slot machines.


Sands Macao is located north eastern corner of downtown Macau within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Terminal.

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A Little History:

Sands Macao opened on May 18, 2004 it cost a puny $240 million dollars to build and has returned its investment in 12 months. In terms of number of gaming tables, it is the largest casino in the world. Competitor casino developer Steve Wynn calls Sands Macao "Sheldon's Box of Baccarat" referring to Sands Macau's owner Sheldon Adelson and Wynn's belief that the Sands Macau has little redeeming value. Visitors seem to think otherwise. Sands Macau hosts 40,000 visitors to its casino on weekends who collectively spend $1.37 million dollars a day.

Sands Macao's architect was Paul Steelman.

Hotel Rooms:

Sands Macao originally featured a VIP only 51 suite hotel. VIP Rooms are not available for public reservations, but are offered to high rollers only. The Sands Macao's public hotel opened September 28th, 2007. The hotel features 289 spacious suites and great views of the Fisherman's Wharf and the Friendship Bridge. All rooms feature spiffy decor, high speed internet, flat screen tv & audio system as well as jacuzzi tubs.


Sands Macao offers seven dining options.

Golden Court - contemporary Cantonese duisine.
Restaurant Perola - traditional Portuguese with a Chinese twist.
Copa Steakhouse - Named after the legendary Copa Room at the original Sands Las Vegas, Copa Steakhouse offers Las Vegas style ambience.
Winner's Circle - a bar that overlooks the casino floor. Features a 'wine tower' very similar to Aureole at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Moonlight Food Market (Dui Pai Dong) - quick Asian cuisine - noodles, fride rice, dim sum, tea and juices.
Xanadu - cocktail lounge with live entertainment.
888 Gourmet Place - Vegas-style buffet featuring Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Sushi options.

Restaurants, Bars & Nightlife:

Dining guide listings are coming soon.


The Xanadu club has girlie shows and they're free.

Attractions and Things To Do:

Attractions listings are coming soon.

The Casino:

Spacious and huge. The Sands Macao's casino has more tables than an IKEA factory... and Chinese gamblers are usually queued three-four deep in hopes of getting a seat at one of their many desirable baccarat tables. This should thin out somewhat as Chinese immigration restrictions slow the number of Macau visits Chinese nationals can make and as more resorts begin to open in Cotai and Macau's downtown areas. But, for now, this place is packed.

Casino Games Offered:

Baccarat, Fantan, Pai Gow (Paikao), Mahjong, Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Cussec (Sic Bo), Fish Prawn Crab, Three Card Baccarat, Tombola, Slot Machines, Video Poker, Casino War, Caribbean Stud, Big and Small.

See also casino games offered in Macau

» Casino Game Strategy Guide

Comps & Perks:

The Sands Club is the Sands Macao's players club. If you rack up enough points, you will be promoted to the Ruby Club. Sands Club members get 10% discounts and priority seating at all Sands restaurants.
The Paiza Club is the Sands Macao's VIP area. Only invited guests can become members of the Paiza Club. Members receive limousine service, VIP lounge access, butlers, private entrances and expedited check-in as well as other VIP perks.

Reader Ratings and Reviews of Sands Macao:

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Haven't stayed here (yet) but found the casino floor to be crowded and very hard to get around. I won a coupla hundered HKD playing Sic Bo. The dealers giggled at me.

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I like the space-aged type decor, as well as the open-air feel of the place. However it can be a little cumbersome do to the seemingly endless rows of tables. It can look more like those pictures of the opening day of the WSOP then a casino floor.

Dealers can be spotty. They have ranged from a joy to surly. However when nice they are the best I have had the pleasure to loose to in Macau.

Forget drink service, or any other comp besides bottled water.

Unlike the rest of the new places, you can find some ladies of the evening hanging at the bar at the north-ish end. If you into that sort of thing.

Oddly, one of the now oldest places is getting more and more popular. I think it has to do with its proximity of the ferry terminal, and a less formal attitude (all the Sands VIP action has migrated to the Venetian I think). I have to give this a four in general, but I have spent some great Saturday nights there.