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Chinese Gamblers Flock to Burma's Sin City

International News Brief: Burma’s frontier town, Mong Lar, is rapidly transforming into a bloated sin city popular with day-tripping Chinese gamblers.

Analysts Disagree on Macau's Long-Term Consequences for Las Vegas

Although some say the Cotai Strip development will breed added visitors for the Strip, others caution it will create an Asian gaming mecca that will lure high-roller and other Asian players, many of whom have gambled in Las Vegas in the past.

Horse Racing to Sweep China

International News Brief: At the Beijing Jockey Club, you can wager a good sum on a horse race. Just don't call it betting.

Rush of Gamblers Greets Sands Macau

International News Brief: Hours before the gleaming $240 million Sands Macao was opened to gamblers, thousands of people had already lined up outside the building covered with gold-coloured glass.

Malaysian Companies Seeking Legalized Football Betting

International News Brief: Several public-listed companies are apparently seeking Malaysian government approval to offer football betting for domestic and international matches.

Sands Macau Set to Bow

Barring any unexpected setbacks or changes, a new international gaming era is set to debut late this evening when officials from Las Vegas Sands Inc. will open the U.S. company's first casino venture in the seaside Chinese enclave of Macau.

Consultant: Singapore Ought to Have Casino

International News Brief: Singaporeans spend close to US$1 billion a year in foreign casinos and having one here will not only plug this leak, but also give the convention industry a boost, according to a consulting company.

Police Bust Illegal Gambling Den in Singapore, 28 People Arrested

International News Brief: Police busted an illegal gambling den and arrested 28 people in a Joo Chiat shophouse.

Thai Villagers Oppose Casino

International News Brief: Villagers in Si Sa Ket are opposing the opening of a new crossing on the Cambodian border, amid plans by Phnom Penh to build a five-star resort and casino in the area.

Design Head: Macau to Become Tourist Leader

News Brief: The architect behind the Las Vegas Sands casino in Macau believes the former Portuguese enclave will become the world's biggest tourist attraction by 2009.

Sands Macau to Lead Development in China

Gaming magnate Sheldon Adelson's 1-million-square-foot Sands Macau casino and entertainment complex, which is leading a wave of new casino developments off the coast of China, is expected to open May 18.

Four Israeli Men Arrested for Running Gambling Ring

News Brief: Police arrested four men from the northern town of Kiryat Shmona on Wednesday morning, on suspicion of operating a nation-wide illegal gambling ring.

ICC Wants Bookie Arrested

International News Brief: The International Cricket Council has asked Delhi Police to arrest a New Delhi-based bookie who was allegedly involved in match fixing with some ‘world-renowned’ and ‘corrupt cricketers’.

Six Arrested in Malaysian Gambling Raid

International News Brief: A former magistrate, a Datuk, a veteran TV actor and an ex-policeman were among six people who were nabbed for illegal gambling at a luxury condominium in Jalan Sentul.

Casino Businessman's Ties to Israeli Leader Probed

International News Brief: A police investigator charged that Austrian businessman and part owner of a Jericho casino, Martin Schlaff, was closely connected to companies established by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son, Gilad, and Sharon's close friend, Cyril Kern.

Thai Senate Opposes Legalized Casinos

International News Brief: A Senate committee yesterday expressed strong opposition to legalising the casino business in Thailand, arguing that allowing gambling would do more harm than good to the country.

Malaysian State Government Keeps Gambling Ban

International News Brief: The new state government will not lift the ban on gambling outlets imposed by the previous PAS administration.

Singapore Official: Gaming Operator Merger Won't Hurt Charities

International News Brief: According to Second Finance Minister Lim Hng Kiang, charities now being supported by Singapore Pools have been assured they will continue to receive funding after the gaming operator is acquired by the Totalisator Board.

Private Company to Run Proposed Singapore Casino

International News Brief: According to Second Finance Minister Lim Hng Kiang, a private company will probably run the casino that the Singapore government is mulling over on one of its southern islands.

Philippines Casino Expected Within Year

International News Brief: The proposed casino inside Camp John Hay is expected to be operational within the year, according to CJH Development Corp. director Rafael Perez de Tagle Jr.

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