Macau: The world's gambling capital
18 July 2013 Last updated at 10:05 BST
Macau is now seen by many as the gambling capital of the world.
The Chinese territory in the South China Sea is far bigger than Vegas with many more lavish and decadent casinos.
The Today programme's business presenter Justin Rowlatt reports.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 18 July 2013.