Nothing in the Mainland, nothing outside of China, everything in Macau
There is no scientific evidence to support the popular idea that Chinese people are inherently predisposed to gambling. And yet, this widespread stereotype is often seen in films, books, and even newspaper articles.
MB October 2020 Special Report | The Chinese Gambler
Still, it is impossible to deny what appears to be a greater interest in gambling among the Chinese.
Over the next few pages, the reader will find countless perspectives on the ‘Chinese gambler’ — from the myth to the player’s profile, through Mainland China’s efforts to crack down on illegal gambling and by understanding the relationship that the full-time inhabitants of Macau have with their ubiquitous casino neighbours.
This issue is more pressing than ever; in late August, China announced the creation of a blacklist system for cross-border gambling tourist destinations, aiming to combat the rising number of Chinese outbound gamblers.
At this point, it is still unknown how this blacklist will work, but it seems clear that it will have a direct impact on many Chinese gamblers (especially the high-rollers) and an indirect effect on Macau — it was likely designed for that purpose as well.
All in all, this special report delves into a fascinating and somewhat intriguing topic by providing a diversified (and hopefully interesting) approach.
Co-ordinated by João Paulo Meneses
Gambling in Hainan?
Will China ever allow gambling outside of Macau? The answer seems obvious, but the truth is that, until the beginning of the last decade, those responsible for the Hainan Province had nurtured the dream of getting an exception.
Diplomacy, education and law enforcement are key tools employed by mainland Chinese authorities to crackdown on illegal gambling, particularly online gambling, labelled by a mainland Government spokesperson as “a most dangerous tumour in modern society detested by people all across the world”
Ashamed or only cautious?
Living between the casino and the school
GD (depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety)
Las Vegas. 拉斯韋加斯
Secrecy is the name of the game
The myth of the Chinese gambler
There does not seem to be a scientific consensus on a special ethnic Chinese appetite for gambling. Some factors, such as superstition, may explain a greater interest, but there are those who warn against simplistic generalizations.