Many Asian economies such as those of Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong depend quite a bit on revenue from gaming so when online gambling operators targeted their citizens with online gambling websites some hit back by passing laws prohibiting their citizens from playing on these unlicensed offshore websites as happened in Hong Kong. Hong Kong attempted to prevent illegal online gambling by making it extremely difficult for gamblers to make payments as banks had to report any betting payments to the authorities.
Macau on the other hand has coped with the growth in gaming by developing its land based casino market by issuing licences for new casino developments. Macau has seen major investment from Las Vegas casino operators such as Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson who have respectively built the Wynn Macau and the Venetian Macau casino resorts. Stanley Ho has set up online websites aimed at both Asian and western players.
Macau is the main Asian centre for gambling and it has now surpassed even Las Vegas as a gambling destination. Just like in Las Vegas online gambling is having an effect on land based casinos. However both land based and online gaming are growth industries in Macau since gambling is prohibited in China so the operators are turning to Macau. The same is true of Japan and players from this country like the Chinese look to Macau for land based and online gambling.