Growth In Macau Is So Explosive That The Nation Once Almost Ran Out Of Coins


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Macau has turned into a slot machine that is in permanent pay-out mode.This week, the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos heads to the former Portuguese trading outpost to see just how crazy things have gotten there.

Apparently, growth has been so rapid that the nation experienced recently experienced a month-long coin shortage.

And in 2010, high rollers bet a total $600 billion, roughly the amount of money withdrawn from all ATMs in the U.S. each year.

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