I don't really know the gambling scene in Asia but I was wondering - what would be the top 5 destinations for that?
I personally only know of Macau.
What would be your suggestions?
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore gets good reviews. However, you certainly pay for your room and food in Singapore. I've not been there yet. Something about paying $275USD for a room keeps me away. Maybe some day.
All of these scenes seem to of course cater to Chinese. Even in Manila you saw mostly Chinese and some Korean's mixed in, and most of the action is baccarat. The Chinese tourists with money are certainly "different" from those on "no spend bus tours" but needless to say, you don't fit in with them socially. I had some friendly interaction with Filipino gamblers but my guard is always up with Filipino's.
There is another area of Cambodia expanding, Sianokivlle(sp) but again, will cater to Chinese visitors. The beaches there are over hyped. The infra structure is lacking. There really isn't much to do.
Keep an eye on Japan over the next several years.... they just legalized casinos earlier this year. Nothing has been built yet, and there's a lot of opposition to it, but I bet it happens.
I can tell you about casinos in Manila. There are 4 good ones. Solaire, City of Dream , Okada and Resorts world. You can go to their web sites eakand get all the informations.
Most popular table games are bacarrat , they call it Super 6 . Sy No commission but pay 1/2 if banker wins on 6 .
Minimum 20$ and up. You can squeeze the cards. If you are a high rooller, VIP rooms are still doing the standard 5% commission game. Most Asian players play Baccarat. Lots of action.
Blackjack and pontoon. Minimum 8$ and up. Good rules : bj pays 3 to2 , early surrender, D on any 2 cards, D after split, spit up to 3 hands except Aces, only one split and only one card. European style, no peak, player lose original bet only. But they all use CSM! The about rules are for BJ. Pontoon is like Spanish 21 . Different rules.
Craps are not popular. Very few tables but all with chairs . Minimum 4 $ . 3-4-5 odds.
There are other games but I never pay attention to them. Machine,machine every where.
Good food, good hotel if you willing to pay, but still cheaper than US.
Is it safe in Manila? Not worse than NY or Chicago. Just don't go to places that you are not suppose to go late at night.
I live here on and off 40+ years and in US 40+ years. Been to most US casinos, also some in Canada, Australia, Macau, and Monaco.
Lone gun man who own people a lot of money. Tried to steal casino's money and set tables on fire. Not suicadal terrorist He never shot anybody. All victims died of smoke inhalation.
Happen again ? Yes. It happens all over the world.
I don't think the casino will terminate any one who cheat, just bar them or put them in jail.