Welcome to WGM#26! November is always a busy time in Macau with the Macau Grand Prix, but especially so this year for two reasons. Firstly, this year’s GP is the 60th anniversary of the event, and to celebrate it will be held over not just one weekend, but two! Secondly, the long anticipated inaugural Macao Gaming Show (MGS) will be held between those two weekends, on November 14, 15 and 16. You’ll be able to find WGM both at Booth K06 and at the MGS TV Studio at the show, which will be held at Hall D of Cotai Expo at Venetian Macao. If you are in the gaming industry, feel free to visit WGM to say hello. Turn to page 30 for our comprehensive look at what to expect from MGS.
I get to test my creative writing skills in this issue’s cover story “Time machine Macau”, which begins on page 14. It was a lot of fun to write! Our “blast from the past” article revisits “Baccarat by the numbers” and guest contributor Dan Glimne keeps us amused with “The world’s worst bets”.
Turning to sport, our Football Editor Leanne Lu takes a look at the incredible €100 million price tag Real Madrid paid for superstar Gareth Bale, the most expensive transfer in the history of football. Christian Newbold explains the Asian-dominated sport of badminton and we delve in to the intriguing world of how sports betting websites set the prices they offer.
In the poker department WGM’s Managing Editor Ben Blaschke interviews Malaysian Mervin Chan, the winner of the 2013 Aussie Millions. We also take a look at the most recent Macau Poker Cup and our regular poker tip explains the importance of being honest with yourself.
Heading to lifestyle – our Macau Editor Yuci Tai gives her regular “Out and About in Macau” wrap up, The Eagle tells you his favorite scents for men, The Panda finds a yummy yum cha and The Stallion goes for a splash at Four Seasons. And of course, we have our last three contestants in the first-ever WGM Model Search, bringing us to a total of 18 lovely entrants for 2013, from which we’ll be selecting a winner early next year! You’ll hear all about that in our Jan/Feb 2014 issue.
Until then …
Follow the dragon,
Andrew W Scott