MACAU — Macau offers a yes-but world of uncertainty for Las Vegas casino developers seeking to tap into the peninsula’s estimated $2 billion gambling market, according to a top U.S. scholar.
The place has a centuries-old reputation for lawlessness that has been long-reflected in links between organized crime and government officials.
Yet leaders of mainland China are attempting to purge it of the deadly triads that control prostitution, loan sharking, drug dealing and gambling tables at Macau’s six casinos – a Wild West dynamic found in much of the rest of the Asian nation.
“It’s very, very difficult. If you ask a Chinese today what is the No. 1 problem, they say it’s corruption,” University of Pennsylvania Professor Arthur Waldron said of the atmosphere that permeates Macau and neighboring mainland China, which administers the former Portuguese colony.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 14 Asia Pulse – The Las Vegas-based MGM Group is interested in a development plan for Tapeng Bay in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung, Taiwan Transportation and Communications Minister Yeh Chu-lan said here Sunday.
Yeh, who is visiting the United States to attract foreign investment for Taiwan’s tourist market, said the MGM Group has decided to dispatch officials in late September or early October to assess the Tapeng Bay recreational center project, despite the fact that she has set a precondition that no gambling facilities will be allowed in the compound.
The MGM Group enjoys a leadership role in the local casino Togel Hongkong business in Las Vegas after having taken over the management of the classy Bellagio and Mirage casino hotels. It is understood that the group sent personnel to Penghu Island last year to study the possibility of creating a gambling center there.
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One of China’s richest businessmen has been selected to lead a new, capitalist-style special administrative region in communist North Korea. Yang Bin, 39, told a news conference in the North Korean capital Pyongyang on Monday that he would be chief executive of the special financial and commercial zone of Sinuiju, on the border with China.
`The free trade zone, to be built in the northwestern corner of the country, would have its own legislature, more than half of whom will be foreigners, and its own courts with a European as chief judge, Yang said.
The main businesses in the zone will be industry, finance and processing and US dollars will be used as its currency. Gambling will also be permitted, and punters from China are a key target – with casinos illegal on the Chinese mainland.
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In our everyday lives, we frequently are confronted with the Had2 Devil. The car was really dirty, so I Had2 stop and get it washed today. I knew I really didn’t need it, but I Had2 sample that last piece of chocolate cake. I didn’t have any money on the game, but I Had2 check on the Michigan State game scores. I didn’t really need anything from Wal-Mart, but I was in the neighborhood, so I Had2 stopped and ran in. Most of us can easily rationalize just about anything the Had2 Devil can conjure up.
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There must be something intrinsic to the human condition that drives us to gamble. Wherever in the world one goes, the folks there will always find something to bet on, some way to make a wager. The languages, the buildings, the customs, even the games may change, but urges are unchanged. At some level we all can feel a primal need to put something of value at risk in order to obtain some reward. In The Gambler’s Guide to the World, gambling fiend Jesse May travels the globe exploring each corner’s casinos and the people who inhabit them.
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I’d like to add a few tidbits that go right along with what Nolan has already covered: The majority of tournament players live “score to score”. They live excessively lavishly when they hit a big score, and are broke the rest of the time.
Most of the tournament players don’t take the time to understand how much each tournament is worth to them. I wrote a column a while ago called, Play Hours Not Results. In it, I explained how growing up I was never concerned with my results on any given day, I was simply concerned with getting 40 hours of “work” in at the tables. I knew that “in the long run” I’d earn $44 for every hour I spent at the tables.
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So we are back after an extended summer break joining the action in match week four of the Premier League.
Young George is itching to get back in the saddle with some exciting picks for the new season. Let’s see how he does after his pre-season training.
Saturday 13 September 2014
Arsenal 1 v Man City 2
Sunderland 1 v Tottenham 1
Stoke City 2 v Leicester City 1
Crystal Palace 2 v Burnley 0
Chelsea 3 v Swansea City 0
West Brom 2 v Everton 3
Southampton 2 v Newcastle 1
Liverpool 2 v Aston Villa 1
Sunday 14 September 2014
Manchester United 2 v QPR 0
Monday 15 September 2014
Hull City 0 v West Ham 1
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