At the recent Manau festival held in Myitkyina there was a huge space – of at least a few acres – devoted to gambling and sideshow alley games. There were hundreds of different gambling and gaming outlets.
In this game of “wheel of fortune” most bets were significantly less than a dollar. Some gamblers were, however, running through their stacks of 1000 kyat bills. Each of those bills is worth slightly less than a dollar.
I didn’t hang around long enough to see who ended up in front. I can, however, report that the house seemed to be doing particularly well.