The Lisboa was the most famous -- and most popular -- casino in Macau, until the Western-style Sands Casino opened in May 2004. The Lisboa hotel and other areas outside of the casino remind me of some of the smaller casinos in the United States.
Upon entering the Lisboa gambling area, you immediately note some distinct differences. After going through the metal-detectors and getting my camera labeled with a "No Photos" sticker, entered the circular gaming hall. Around the outside of the circle, and outside of the main room, are a few rows of slot machines, totaling maybe 100. When you enter the main hall, one of the first things you notice are the soldiers/policemen in uniform, armed with guns, carefully watching over each table. Also notice the lighting is different here than in American casinos: rather than being bright and colorful, the ceiling is painted a greyish color that sets a somber, funeral parlor-like mood. I noticed roulette, blackjack, and baccarat, but rather than these western games, it seemed that the same Chinese card game was played at every table. Rather than trying to learn, we wandered around for a few minutes then left to get dinner.
Visitng a casino is an experience that will tell you a lot about the local people. I strongly recommend it. I visited them and did not play money, just observed the atmosphere. Chinese loved to play, few foreigners I saw inside the casinos.
The most outstanding construction in Macao is this new casino. Very colourful, with a very odd shape and enormous dimensions, it can be seen from everywhere. We didn't enter (it was about to be finished when we were there) but... I didn't like it.
In the aggression to the simplicity and historic authenticity of the city created by the boom of big casinos, this is, indeed, the most pretentious and aggressive of them. Nah!
I'd rather enjoy the old Macao!
For several decades I heard the Portuguese that visited Macao, talking about Lisboa Hotel and Lisboa Casino. They were one of the stronger references in the city.
Macao is today a clone of Las Vegas, and the historic reference was supported building a big and modern new Lisboa Hotel. However, the old one was kept, and it is still there, challenging the modern investments with the power of its history.
Yes, when in comes to Macau, Vegas in the East, thing that shows up in my mind is GAMBLING. And I did my fgirst ever gambling here in Macau. Since I am still a poor freshman, I spend HKD11 (about USD1.5) to gamble, since my prupose was to transit.
Casinos in Macau are as varied as their visitors. Whether you’re after a stylish six-star gaming experience like Crown Macau, or a family-centric Venice-themed casino affair like The Venetian Macao, or something more Asian like the Grand Lisboa, rest assured that there is a casino in Macau to suit your needs.
From the rowdy to the refined, to the subdued to the lavish, each casino may be different in design, but all offer exciting gaming floors and meet world-class gaming standards. With over 25 casinos, and the number set to double in the coming years, visitors to Macau have every excuse to return regularly. It’s no wonder that the gaming revenue in Macau has already surpassed that of Las Vegas to become the highest in the world.
Macau is known for its gambling, and its most famous casino is the Casino Lisboa, a garish place straight out of the 1970s to say the least. With competition from the Wynn and the Sands, among others, the Lisboa has responded with an even more eye-popping place, the Grand Lisboa. Still in the construction phase, the casino floor is open but the hotel is not. Also new is the more western-looking complex at the Fisherman’s Wharf. If you like to gamble, this is the place. But there’s no escaping the Asian dealers here, baby!
Give this hotel and casino a visit just for it's historical value. Its like "THE Casino" in Macau. I've always associated this casino with the city Macau because of its appearances in all the old Hong Kong TVB triad dramas. (All the big casino bosses seemed to have a moustache too but thats not the point) Anyway the hotel lobby had the most exaggerated chandelier i've seen in my life. It also had many huge jade sculptures that looked like antiques. The casino itself was ok only. Quite small compared to Wynn's and not as nice as Wynn's also. But i guess the ppl who come here dont come here to see the architecture anyway!
In Macao, casino is the main industry. You can visit the casinos as one of the tourist destination. You will the casinos are focused on placing debts and less of entertainment and shopping like Reno and Las Vegas casinos.
So drop in and check out Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Great overlook of the Macao majestic bridge connecting to the other islands.
If you think you have some money to spare and would like to take a gamble you can visit the casinos. No worries about not being able to locate them. They are everywhere. A taxi driver told me that there are about 20 casinos in macao. That is a lot for a small place like macao!
Let's not forget that Macau started out as a Casino town. They are everywhere. The most legendary of them all is the Casino Lisboa - another of Macau's landmarks. At night, it looked like a kaleidoscope with its bright neon lights but by day, I don't know, folks claimed that it looked stately...but I thought it looked outdated and archaic.
Gambling, yeah, Macao is famous for that. The most known icon for gambling in Macao is the Casino Lisboa. In the heart of the city, surrounded by sell/buy shops. 24 hours a day you'll sea people getting in a out, staying at the doors, talking, eating, living there... Taxis, ricksaws, girls looking for a lucky guy... All you can relate to gambling is there, in a chinese way.