OK, my first trip report, but I thought I would report back on my impressions of gambling in Macau. For the record, I am American and have gambled in many cities around the world. I had a good time in Macau. I walked around most of the casinos (Venetian, COD, Hard Rock, MGM, Wynn, Starworld, Sands, Sands Cotai). We only played in the Sands Cotai (which is in the Sheraton hotel complex), COD and some poker at Starworld. We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel, which was awesome, I highly recommend it. Restaurants in there are good too. The little casino there at the Sheraton was nice, if it had a craps table we probably would have just played there.
Alcohol: I got beer in every casino I went to (and I asked at the ones I visited). No place said no (including the Venetian). Now, just be aware that they will look at you strangely, but they will bring you a beer in a little 10 ounce glass, as long as you are playing. The drink service is slow, but I found dropping them $5 HKD each time they brought me a beer kept it coming faster (I never saw anyone else ever tip, either the waitress or the dealers). Can't say about wine or liquor, I didn't ask. It would be helpful to learn to say Beer in Cantonese, since the waitresses and many dealers speak zero English.
We looked at the blackjack tables, and usually they were 300 and up. Most of the casinos did have at least one or two 200 HKD tables available. We were there on a Wed, so weekends will probably be higher stakes. 200 was still too rich for our blood, so we opted to play Roulette and Craps. Most places had two or four Roulette tables. The minimums varied between 25-100HKD. Most every place had at least one 50HKD table. Sands Cotai had the lowest limits with 25HKD. Word of warning, these are the slowest Roulette tables I have ever seen. It would take them 4-5 minutes per roll, twice as slow as the states. There was one craps table at COD, MGM and Wynn. None at Sands or Starworld, however all casinos had a weird little electronic game that had giant dice which would roll and you would bet on machines around it. Craps minimum at COD was 50HKD, everywhere else was 100HKD. So we spent most of our time at the COD craps table.
As people have said, gambling in Macau is very different, however not as bad as I expected. People at the craps table were having fun and clapping and such. The dealers were decent, although slower than you will find in the states. The most frustrating thing was that so few people in the casinos speak English. Trying to find things was impossible. People would act like they understood what you were asking for, and then just point somewhere, which would end up being the opposite direction. Also, as a non-Asian we really stuck out. It was funny, some people would give us a double-take.
We stayed two nights in Macau and played one night. Shuttle service is easy between all casinos, you just have to learn what shuttles go where, they have different routes. Taxis are fairly cheap too. Hope that is helpful and let me know if you have any questions.