October 29, 2006 |
Alan Tam is playing Vegas these days. Never heard of him? Some say he's a Chinese Mick Jagger. Comedian Crocket performed over the summer at Caesars Palace. He's the Robin Williams of Japan. In almost every way, Las Vegas is catering to Asians, offering Asian entertainers, high-stakes baccarat tournaments and rice congee by room service. The festivities and decorations for Chinese New Year have become second only to those for New Year's Eve.
October 8, 2006 |
AS the ferry from Hong Kong pulled into the terminal slip, I peered through the rain-fogged windows at a huge, glowing red sign: "SANDS." Farther along the waterfront, I could make out the looming hulk of a volcano -- of the man-made variety, erupting daily on schedule. In the taxi on the way to the hotel, I gawked at the towering skeletons of hotels and casinos that have turned Macao into a giant construction site.
September 5, 2006 |
American billionaire Stephen A. Wynn will make one of his biggest gambles this week, when he opens a sleek, $1-billion hotel-casino in Macao -- the booming Chinese territory that could soon bump off Las Vegas as the world's gaming capital. Wynn is betting that his lavish rooms and trendsetting casino, which opens Wednesday, will attract the Chinese gambling masses eager to wager the money they've been raking in from the country's sizzling economy.
June 8, 2006 |
Gaming company Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to develop and own a resort in Macao that will be managed by Fairmont Raffles Holdings International, the two companies said Wednesday. The resort will include 1,500 rooms and be part of the Cotai Strip development on Cotai, an area of reclaimed land between the islands of Taipa and Coloane in Macao, the companies said.
April 6, 2006 |
By the time financial authorities cracked down on North Korea's dealings here, it was like the classic moment of feigned ignorance in "Casablanca" when Capt. Louis Renault declares, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here."
September 26, 2005 |
A moderate pro-democracy group was the biggest winner in Macao's legislative election, provisional results showed. The New Democratic Macao Assn. of Ng Kuok Cheong won 18.2% of the vote and two seats, allowing him and his running mate, Au Kam San, to retain their places in the legislature. A total of 125 candidates ran for 12 elected seats in the 29-member assembly. Ten lawmakers were picked by professional and business groups; seven are appointed by Edmund Ho, the enclave's chief executive.