Texas Hold ‘Em in Macau

(Last updated: May 4, 2024)

In 2023, gross revenue for Texas Hold ‘Em made a serious leap, moving all the way up to 8th position, just behind Caribbean Stud Poker.  The resurgence is surely related to the new games popping up on the Cotai Strip, where it’s now available at MGM Cotai, Parisian Macao, and Grand Lisboa Palace.

Wynn Macau and MGM Macau both offer $25/$50 games, while blinds everywhere else start from $50/$100.  I’ve seen them go as high as $5000/$10,000 at the Wynn, although those limits can be exceeded if everyone at the table agrees. 

The rake around town is a standard 5% although casinos do differ with their rake caps.  The Wynn Macau is the most generous, cutting it at $300 on the $25/$50 games and $400 at most other limits. 

From what I’ve seen, only rooms at the Venetian and Wynn Macau get crazy busy, where players sometimes have to wait for a couple of hours to get a seat.

Texas Hold Em in Macau
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Specific information regarding blinds, buy-ins, and rake caps are listed below.

Grand Lisboa Palace, MGM Cotai

MGM Macau

Parisian, Venetian

Wynn Macau

Texas Hold Em in Macau: What to Watch Out For

Regarding poker tournaments, the City of Dreams used to own the monopoly on daily tournaments and major regional tournaments alike, thanks to their alliance with Poker Stars Macau.  It didn’t prove very profitable however, leading them to pull the plug on that partnership in 2018, simultaneously killing all tournament play in town.  As of 2024, only cash games are available, with the Wynn Macau said to have the nicest poker room and the most experienced players. 

If you’re familiar with online poker, you’ll know that Chinese players have the reputation of being extremely tight, and the same is true of the action in Macau.  Money is not being haphazardly thrown around the table by misguided Baccarat whales the way it was a decade ago, so you’ll have to grind quite a bit and have Lady Luck on your side to make any kind of significant profit.  

If Omaha Poker is your game instead, it’s available at the Wynn, Parisian and Venetian as well.

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Jim

Do you know of any banks in Macau that will let a visitor renting an apartment open an account? I need a way of sending my profits home other than carrying loads of cash on a plane.