Ten years ago, Sands Macao’s opening change the course of Macau and global gaming history
By Muhammad Cohen
Inside Asian Gaming
As Sands Macao employees began arriving for work around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, 18th May 2004, a crowd was already forming on the street, nine hours before the casino’s scheduled grand opening. Around noon, a rumor spread that guests would receive free chips worth MOP200 (US$25), swelling the crowd. Just before 2 p.m., during a reception for invited guests, security began “freaking out,” according to an executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp. send from Las Vegas for the opening.