I remember well thumbing through the University prospectuses when I was a budding undergraduate a few years ago. All the courses seemed so dull and uninteresting and in fact the subject I chose Economics lived up to my low expectations. I really wish that somehow I could have accessed the Gaming and Research Centers Prospectus based in Macau.
It’s based in Macau’s Polytechnic Institute and there are loads of courses linked to the biggest gambling Industry in the world. You can learn to be a croupier, do courses in Blackjack, Poker, study various roulette tactics and even Slot Machine maintenance. If you’re a native of Macau you’re pretty much guaranteed a job in the areas huge casino industry.
It’s not just basic courses either you can do degree level Casino management courses if you really want to set your sights higher. Macau is booming, the economy is growing by 18% a year. Gambling is illegal in mainland China but the industry has been liberalized in Macau. If you’ve ever seen Chinese in a casino you’ll not be surprised that the revenue in Macau is five times more than Las Vegas.
The most popular courses in the Institute are for Blackjack and Baccarat – it apparently takes 80 hours to master these games. These are the two most popular games in the casinos in Macau. The success of this region is quite staggering however there is the usual social problems associated with gambling. To build up that sort of revenue also takes an awful lot of people losing an awful lot of money!
The Philippines, Singapore and lots of other countries have noticed this success however and busily developing rival casino industries to attract the high rolling gamblers from China on their doorstep.