Macau may have already caught up with Las Vegas as its original American counterpart, but Macau is certainly not showing any signs of stopping anytime soon. Many say that it’s a city of paradoxes. On one hand is a city filled with fortresses and churches that speak of a rich history filled with opulence, and on the other hand are casinos and nightlife that bring a pleasant burst of a different kind of alluring glamour. But this fact alone is what makes Macau so uniquely different. A multicultural combination of people who see the city as their home has infused in the city a lifestyle unique to Macau alone. And keeping up with such an avant-garde outlook in life is the Macau Canidrome.
It is no surprise that one of the premier greyhound racing arenas in the world can be found in this city. The Canidrome or Yat Yuen, as it is known to the Macau people, is the definite place to be when the thrill of the race is what makes your blood rushing. Of course, though, there is no saying whether your luck might turn on any of the four-legged racing animals, but an exciting experience of such should be lived at least once, especially on a visit to Macau.
The racetrack was built during the 1930s, which makes it a relatively old arena of gambling considering Macau has been sprouting amazing gambling institutions on every corner. But while Macau continues to build casinos, gambling hotspots, clubs, bars and even more restaurants and shopping hubs, this favorite greyhound racing arena is still an old-crowd pleaser. The Canidrome still manages to draw in huge crowds to the Avenida General Castelo Branco.
Bets can be placed inside the racing center itself or even outside of the arena where many betting centers are set up. Some prominent betting centers include places such as the Hotel Lisboa, the Jai-Alai Palace and the Kam Pek Casino. Races are not held daily so keep in mind to check out the dates beforehand. Greyhound races are usually held on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and during the weekends starting at 7:45 in the evening. There are about 16 games on every racing night but its best to check out the times before placing your bets. Admission is at MOP$10 for the public stand but the fee can be used for betting as well. Boxes are at MOP $80 during the weekdays and MOP$120 for the weekends and public holidays. Bars, snack-bars and restaurant facilities are available inside the arena as you wait for the next leg of the race to start.
No one can be sure whether your luck will come in with a man-made slot machine, a game of Baccarat or with running dogs. But if you’re in for a different kind of gaming experience, watching dogs run on tracks with speeds of up to 60 kph guarantees a heart racing with excitement. The Macau Canidrome is the only greyhound racing stadium in Asia so make sure to give in to the fun.