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Leaders from Macau Plan to Pitch Homeland Tourism

In recent years, the Chinese enclave of Macau has increasingly assumed a Las Vegaslike atmosphere as Strip-inspired casinos take shape along the Pearl River Delta.

Malaysian Gambling Syndicate Hit

International News Brief: Malaysian police believe they have crippled a gambling syndicate with the arrests of two local men high on the police wanted list on Thursday.

Indonesian Police Chief Defends Gambling Crackdown Failure

International News Brief: Jakarta police chief Inspector Gen. Firman Gani on Wednesday defended the police's failure to eradicate gambling here, arguing that a weak legal system had prevented city police from arresting suspected gambling bosses.

Macau Gambling Income Increases

International News Brief: Macau's income from direct gaming tax reached 8.15 billion patacas in the first half of the year, a year-on-year increase of 24.9 per cent.

Indonesia Police Concede Latest Gambling Crackdown

International News Brief: Indonesia’s National Police vice officers were forced to concede that they had not fared very well in the recent push against gambling, as they had only arrested a few small fries, while the big sharks were still free.

Singapore Illegal Gambling Syndicate Busted

International News Brief: Singapore police smashed an illegal gambling syndicate after they arrested 13 people in an island-wide operation.

At Least 10 Other Malaysians Are Big Debtors

International News Brief: Media reports show that there are at least 10 other Malaysian high rollers, who owe casinos in Britain and Australia between RM250,000 and millions of ringgit.

Return to Macau in 2006 for Asian Gaming Expo

Due to overwhelming demand from exhibitors and participants at this year’s Asian Gaming Expo, organisers have announced they will return to Macau to host the event again in June 2006.

K. Wah Shareholders Approve Galaxy Deal

International News Brief: Shareholders of K. Wah Construction Materials and its parent company, K. Wah International Holdings, approved plans Tuesday to buy Galaxy Casino in Macao with shares and other securities, in a deal valued at 18.4 billion Hong Kong dollars.

Indonesian Police Urged to Arrest Gambling Bosses

International News Brief: Observers are calling on the police to start arresting big-time gamblers and raid suspected big gambling dens in order to make the current anti-gambling drive a success.

Inside Gaming Column: Mover, Not Monorail, Motivates MGM Mirage

A selection of news and views from inside the industry this week.

Philippine Police Claim Victory Over Illegal Gambling

International News Brief: The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has claimed that it has succeeded in the campaign against any form of illegal gambling in the city’s 40 barangays.

Hanmoo Loses Casino Contract

International News Brief: The Korea National Tourism Organization has decided to cancel its provisional contract with Hanmoo Convention Co., an operator of the places which the KNTO will lease to run foreigners-only casinos.

Indonesian Gambling Crackdown Criticized

International News Brief: Raids on Indonesian gambling dens have started in the capital, but the public at large complained Wednesday that police were only targeting small-time gamblers.

Macao Illegal Casino Busted

International News Brief: The Macao police have busted an underground casino operated at a downtown hotel, local media reported on Thursday.

Unspecified Amount of Debt with Melbourne Casino Settled

International News Brief: An undisclosed amount of gambling debt owed by the former Sabah (Malaysia) Chief Minister to a casino in Melbourne has been settled.

Malaysian Official Resigns Over Gambling Debts

International News Brief: Datuk Seri Osu Sukam has resigned as the Papar Umno division chief, after his gambling debts of RM7.1 million became a millstone for him.

Korean Online Casinos Win Big

International News Brief: HanGame, Netmarble, Pmang, and Mgame, local Internet sites providing online gambling games, recorded a 234.3 billion won revenue last year, from a mere 82.4 billion won in 2002.

Chinese Gambling Suspects Tried

International News Brief: Seven of the 14 suspects detained for involvement in a major gambling case in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, will be tried in court.

Indonesian Police Chief Starts Gambling Crackdown

International News Brief: Newly installed National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto has given a one-week deadline for regional police chiefs to eradicate gambling activities in their respective areas during a meeting held on his first day at work on Monday at the National Police headquarters.

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