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Perfect cut

This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of WGM. The new location of 2Legit barbershop is hard to miss. I walked five minutes from Tap Seac Square before seeing the traditional red and white spiral logo. While the all-white subway tiles...

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Race to be ace

This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of WGM. Like any great debate, discussion over the greatest tennis player of all time has taken more twists and turns than a rocky mountain railroad in recent times. Twelve months ago, the man on...

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Macau Billionaire Poker back with a bang

This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of WGM. Boasting big buy-ins and huge guaranteed prize pools, Macau Billionaire Poker returns this month for the second annual Summer Showdown. Macau’s growing love affair with poker is set to...

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Feeling the game

This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of WGM. Targeting a generation that grew up with video games, global gaming leader IGT recently launched the world’s first 4D slot machine, Sphinx 4D – a spectacular sensory experience like...

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From the Editor’s Desk (#48)

How would you feel about placing a bet on Galaxy Macau’s baccarat ta-bles while relaxing on the Galaxy Resort Deck? Or letting your video game skills determine how much you win on a slot machine? Just as technology continues to revolutionize the...

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Trends

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. Butterfly Lovers Summer is fast approaching and nothing says heat like a playful handbag. Italian brand Furla has the perfect cross-body bag for the coming season. The St Farfalla Patch is...

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World of whisky

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. For a taste of some of the best whiskies from across the globe, Galaxy Macau’s Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge is the perfect place to indulge. Just a short elevator ride from Galaxy...

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European flair

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. Renowned Hong Kong pâtisserie Passion by Gérard Dubois has opened its second Macau store, providing guests with quality food and a uniquely European outdoor vibe. It is now five years...

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Born for speed

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. A superstar in the making, 17-year-old Chinese race car driver Guanyu Zhou first caught the eye when he won the Super 1 National Rotax Max Junior (UK) and the Rotax Max Euro Challenge...

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Arsenal eyeing a revolution

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. With fans mounting a season-long campaign to end his 21 season Arsenal reign, Arsène Wenger has survived for another two years but may need to accept big changes within if he hopes to...

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IDNPLAY raises Macau’s poker stakes

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. Macau’s biggest annual gaming industry event, G2E Asia, was held at the Venetian Macao from 16 to 18 May 2017 and among the highlights of the exhibition and conference was a special...

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Babylon to host APT Macau

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. Having returned to Macau in 2016 for the first time in three years, the Asian Poker Tour is back once again in 2017 at its new Babylon Casino home. The Asian Poker Tour is coming back to...

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Ride the Lightning

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. Leading slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat has just launched its latest series, Lightning Link, onto the Macau market featuring a brand new range of Chinese-themed titles. The latest slot...

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Gift from above

This article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of WGM. The recently renovated Jai Alai casino has delved deep into Macau’s history to bring back the unique “hanging basket” game that was once a favorite of the city’s VIP players. It’s...

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From the Editor’s Desk (#47)

Macau’s gaming industry has thrived on being inno-vative and adapting to its unique place in the world. Of course, when we talk innovation we tend to think about new ideas and inventions, but as I recently discovered in-novation comes in many...

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Macau eSports unleashes rising stars

This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of WGM. With eSports set to be added as a medal event for the first time at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Macau’s best young players are starting to make their presence felt with some...

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Destination Cotai

This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of WGM. Macau’s dream of creating an entertainment hub to rival the famous Las Vegas Strip is finally nearing completion. A decade ago it was little more than swampland and mud. Now it stands as a...

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Galaxy’s poker play

This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of WGM. While there are plenty of high stakes poker rooms in town, Galaxy Macau is lookingto attract a different crowd with its flashy new Pavilion Poker Room. Galaxy Macau has added some more...

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A Legend is born

This article first appeared in the May 2017 issue of WGM. The second hotel to be opened in the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf precinct since 2015, the brand new Legend Palace provides a taste of luxury away from the frenzy of Macau’s busy tourist...

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Jupiters becomes The Star Gold Coast

Australia’s Jupiters Hotel & Casino has officially changed its name, becoming The Star Gold Coast as of 30 March. Queensland’s first casino when it opened its doors in 1985, the rebranding is part of an AU$345 million makeover ahead...

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G2E 2017 to feature non-gaming solutions

G2E Asia will feature a heavy focus on the “Integrated Resort Experience” (IRE) in 2017 as it looks to offer solutions to the Macau government’s call to attract a market beyond gaming. IRE will centralize sourcing of new products...

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Philippines casinos facing tighter controls

Casinos could be included in tightened Philippines anti-money laundering laws set to be introduced in May, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel. The move comes in the wake of last year’s Bangladesh Bank breach which saw US$81...

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Baccarat picking up in Las Vegas

Nevada’s gross gaming revenue declined 4.5 percent in February, however baccarat volume for the first two months of the year rose 7.7 percent in a sign that Chinese visitation to the American gaming hub is starting to rise. Although baccarat...

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Local Macau film debuts at Studio City

Studio City was the venue this week for the premiere of Our 17, a film directed by local Macau director Emily Chan and shot with the support of Melco Crown Entertainment last summer. Shown to an audience of around 500 guests, including Secretary for...

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Macau missing huge sportsbook opportunity

Macau’s properties won’t truly be able to call themselves integrated resorts until they are granted the opportunity to operate their own sports books. That’s the opinion of sports betting experts John J English and Randy Haynes who believe...

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Genting Singapore confirms Japan ambitions

Genting Singapore has stated its intention to actively pursue a casino license in Japan, with the company currently positioning itself as a “strong candidate” once the bidding process begins. Outlining Genting Singapore’s upcoming plans in its...

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APT Poker Room Manila finds new home

The Asian Poker Tour is set to open its brand new poker room in Manila at Winford Hotel and Casino. The new APT Poker Room Manila replaces the APT’s former home at the Pavilion – a move that will no doubt go down well with players given the...