Домой GRASP/China Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture

Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture

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Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s reach beyond the world’s biggest gambling hub. His father was credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost to a gaming boomtown…
Casino magnate Lawrence Ho — son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho — is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s reach beyond the world’s biggest gambling hub.
His father was credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost to a gaming boomtown boasting revenues surpassing Las Vegas.
With its myriad shimmering palaces to fortune and fantasy, the city is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and has become a favourite haunt of mainland high rollers.
But the younger Ho, whose casino-to-resorts firm Melco International rivals his father’s gaming empire, is keen to strike out beyond familiar family turf, with plans for a major investment in Japan’s untapped casino market.
The 40-year-old, with a net worth put at $2.6 billion by Forbes earlier this year, has already broadened the firm’s international footprint, with casino resorts ventures in the Philippines and Russia.
He is now squaring up to crack into Japan’s gaming industry after strict bars on casinos were lifted last year.
«Nothing will hold me back there,» he told AFP.
Japan already has an appetite for other forms of gambling, including horse and boat racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game that is played in thousands of smoky parlours and is a huge revenue generator.
Fears over gambling addiction and organised crime were swept aside as the country passed a controversial bill to legalise casinos in 2016, a move seen likely to ignite the gaming market in the world’s third biggest economy.
Ho promised an ambitious pitch for the coveted casino licence.

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