HONG KONG, June 3(Reuters) - Macau, the world’s casino capital, raked in 32.35 billion patacas ($4.05 billion) in gambling revenues in May, boosted by robust demand from Chinese visitors keen to bet in the country’s only legal casino hub.
Growth in Macau, a special administrative region like neighbouring Hong Kong, was up 9.3 percent in May, lagging analyst estimates of 13-15 percent.
A Portuguese colony until 1999, Macau earns the equivalent of Las Vegas’s annual haul in less than two months. Annual revenues reached a record $45 billion in 2013, elevating the tiny territory high above rival gaming destinations.
$1 = 7.9860 Macau patacas Reporting by Farah Master; Editing by Matt Driskill