HONG KONG, March 3 China's gambling hub Macau
raked in 38 billion patacas ($4.8 billion) in gaming revenues in
February, boosted by strong spending from wealthy punters during
and after a week-long national holiday.
Gambling revenue growth in Macau, a special administrative
region that is the only place in China where casinos are
allowed, was up 40 percent in February, far ahead of analyst
estimates of between 29-35 percent.
A Portuguese colony until 1999, Macau earns the equivalent
of Las Vegas's annual haul in less than two months. Gambling
revenues totalled $45 billion in 2013, elevating it high above
rival gaming destinations.