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Administrator sells
Record-breaking bridge to
Blue Chip sites in
link Hong Kong and Macau
onstruction has started on a 50km-long bridge
linking Hong Kong to Macau.
Dudley UK
The 73bn yuan ($10.7bn) project is expected to cut
driving time from Hong Kong to Zhuhai to just one hour,
and with Zhuhai already linked to Macau by another
wo casinos in England’s Midlands region have bridge, it will potentially open up Macau’s casinos to
been acquired by an independent operator after many more Hong Kong visitors. It currently takes four
going into administration. hours to make the journey.
Casino 36 Ltd., which runs the eponymous Casino 36 The three territories are funding construction jointly.
in Stockport, paid an undisclosed sum for the Castle Hill
casino in Dudley and The Rubicon in Wolverhampton. Carrying six lanes of traffic, it will be the world’s
Both are located in the conurbation surrounding longest sea bridge, with about 35km of its length over
Birmingham, Britain’s second city. open water.
Casino 36 said it was in “early negotiations” to make
other casino acquisitions in the region, according to local Recognition of tribe
could bring new casino
Castle Hill and The Rubicon had been run by Blue
Chip Casinos, but since March have been managed by
to Big Apple
administrators at UHY Hacker Young, whose brief was to
obtain the best price possible on behalf of Blue Chip’s
ew York City’s suburbs could get a new Indian
casino following federal recognition of the
Shinnecock tribe on Long Island.
More than 180 jobs are believed to have been saved
by the sale to Casino 36. Following a three-decade fight in court to be
acknowledged as a legitimate tribe, the Shinnecock
CityCenter set to swell
Indians are likely to gain their new status after a public
comment period of six months at most. They would then
Vegas visitor numbers
be able to run a Class II casino on their territory.
ityCenter is open. MGM Mirage’s grand project on However, although most of the thousand-strong tribe
the Las Vegas Strip welcomed the first guests to live in Southampton, New York, it is believed that they
its Aria resort and casino in mid-December. hope to negotiate with state and federal officials to
launch a Class III casino elsewhere. Possible locations
The casino is a 150,000-square-foot facility with 1940 include Long Island, Queens and Nassau.This option is
slots and 145 table games, while the 61-storey hotel likely to appeal to state officials. While New York State
has just over 4000 rooms. Cirque du Soleil will stage a would receive no income from a Class II facility on tribal
resident production. land, they could make a revenue share a condition of
approval for a Class III venue elsewhere.
It is hoped that the impact of CityCenter, a joint
venture of MGM Mirage and Dubai World’s subsidiary The Shinnecocks first filed a petition for recognition in
Infinity World Development, will be far greater than the 1978, and eventually sued the US Interior Department in
addition of just another casino to the gaming capital. 2006 when the matter remained unresolved.
The 18m square foot complex also includes non- list of superlatives such as being the largest privately-
gaming hotels the Mandarin Oriental, Vdara, and The owned sustainable development in the world – it has
Harmon; the Veer Towers apartment blocks; and received six Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Crystals, a retail and entertainment centre. Together, it Design (LEED) Gold certifications from the US Green
is hoped they will increase tourism in Las Vegas by five Building Council and is the first Strip resort to generate
to ten percent during 2010. its own power.
The $8.5bn CityCenter complex extending around the CityCenter has also created some 12,000 new jobs,
site of the old Boardwalk casino was announced five years though it has not been without its share of bad luck. The
ago. Much of it was designed by star architectural project was threatened by a brush with bankruptcy
practices such as those of Cesar Pelli, Daniel Libeskind earlier this year, and six workers were killed over the
and Sir Norman Foster, and its backers can point to a course of construction, leading to a walk-out.
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