Macau's Gambling Vice
Steve Wynn, chairman of Wynn Resorts' (NASDAQ: WYNN) Wynn Macau, told reporters earlier this month of plans to spend $4 billion on a second casino in Macau. A brave plan to announce at a time when Macau's casinos are beginning to feel the China slowdown. In 2008-2009 when China experienced an economic crisis the government responded with a $585 billion stimulus. A portion of that money made its way to the casinos in Macau. The same type of economic stimulus package is not in the cards this time around, though. And Macau's casinos are beginning to feel it. The recent growth rates are minimal compared with the growth rates the casinos have experienced in the past.