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Gamblers Swamp Macau

International News Brief: 3.75 million tourists visited Macau in the first quarter, a 25 per cent increase over last year. Analysts believe that Macau will continue to grow.

Sands Courting Singapore

International News Brief: Las Vegas Sands Inc. has approached the Singapore Government about developing a multi-million dollar gaming venue here, the company president said.

Sammy Corp. to Takeover Sega

News Brief: Sammy Corp. will buy the three quarters of Sega Corp. it doesn't own for about 165 billion yen in stock, resurrecting a takeover that collapsed in May last year.

Las Vegas Casino Interests Open New Era in Macau

An estimated 50,000 gamblers and curiosity seekers Monday helped Sheldon Adelson open Macau to "an exciting new era" for U.S. investments in China's multibillion-dollar gaming market.

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.

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