An outdoor card game. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Since 300 BCE betting on dice and other games of luck or fortune have been part of China’s historical record. Gambling is now illegal in on the mainland but permitted in Macao, where Chinese casino visitors drive the region’s economy.
In 2001 the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) liberalized the Macao casino industry, issuing three gaming concessions to local and