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PBL, Tabcorp Bid Leads Pack

International News Brief: Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd and Tabcorp have firmed as possible winners of Singapore's multibillion-dollar casino developments following a further shake-out of potential bidders.

Philippine Official Confronts Archbishop Over Jueteng Accusations

International News Brief: Presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo confronted Pangasinan Archbishop Oscar Cruz during a congressional hearing yesterday on reports linking the Arroyos, along with police officers and national and local officials, to jueteng.

Ho Plans Biggest Macau Casino

News Brief: Macau tycoon Stanley Ho yesterday unveiled plans for what will be the gambling haven's largest casino, the Oceanus, a colossal downtown entertainment complex covering three city blocks.

Sands Benefits From Macau

Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday its first-quarter revenues jumped nearly 69 percent from a year earlier helped by strong revenue growth at its Sands Macau property.

Casino Bid Scrapped

Hotel Properties Ltd. and Metro Holdings Ltd., which were last month named on a shortlist of 14 groups bidding to develop a casino resort in Singapore, no longer plan to continue with their joint bid.

Philippines Target Gambling Lords

International News Brief: House leaders on Friday emphasized the need for close coordination between the police and the Bureau of Internal Revenue running after jueteng lords who are also tax cheats.

Macau Gross Casino Revenues Up

International News Brief: Gross casino revenue in the gaming-friendly Chinese enclave of Macau is seen rising more than 40% in April from the same month last year, according to a Macau government source.

Ho Grabs Half-Stake in MGM Grand Paradise

International News Brief: Casino heiress Pansy Ho has invested $80 million for a half-stake in MGM Grand Paradise, slated to become the city's fifth casino operator.

Courts Asked to Shut PAGCOR Down

International News Brief: The Philippine Supreme Court has been asked to close down the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. because it has been operating without a franchise for the past three years.

Task Force Set Up to Deal With Singapore Loan Sharks, Money Laundering

International News Brief: An inter-ministry task force has been set up to deal with loan sharks and money laundering in Singapore.

Las Vegas Sands Named to Singapore 'Short List'

Las Vegas Sands Corp. reports that the Singapore government has selected the company, among others, to participate in the Request for Proposal process which will lead to the building of an Integrated Resort.

Foreign-Only Casino to Open in Seoul

International News Brief: A foreigners-only casino to be operated by the state-run tourism agency will open in southern Seoul at the end of this year, according to Choi Jae-geun, vice-president of the Korea National Tourism Organization.

Harrah's, Keppel Land Invited to Submit Singapore Proposal

Harrah's Asia Pte Ltd., and Keppel Land, Ltd., have been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to submit joint proposals for two integrated resorts in the Republic of Singapore.

Merrill Lynch: Singapore Casinos Could Generate $2 Billion

International News Brief: The casinos in the two integrated resorts in Singapore could generate revenue of as much as $2 billion a year.

From First Glance, Las Vegas Held Allure for Wynn

The real Steve Wynn is a street fighter who has had to orchestrate comebacks from calamities that would have flattened lesser operators.

Wynn Resorts for Singapore License Bid

Wynn Resorts has been notified by the Singapore Tourism Board that it has qualified to participate in the Request for Proposal for an Integrated Resort that will be issued by the Singapore Government in the second quarter of 2005.

MGM Mirage Invited to Submit Proposal for Singapore Casino

MGM Mirage reports that it, along with its partner CapitaLand, has been invited by the Singapore government to submit a joint proposal for an integrated resort complex in the Marina Bayfront.

Legislator: Hong Kong Should Allow Casinos

International News Brief: The government should consider allowing the establishment of casinos mixed with hotel and convention facilities to boost Hong Kong's tourism industry, according to a legislator.

New Century Eliminated from Singapore Casino Hopefuls

International News Brief: Singapore has eliminated at least one Hong Kong bidder from the competition to open a casino resort in the city state.

Infotech Firms to Profit from Singapore Casinos

International News Brief: Specialist infotech firms offering niche solutions for casino operators could hit the jackpot once the two integrated resorts come up in Singapore.

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