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‘Father of riverboat’ passes away
Bernard Goldstein, known as the ‘Father of Riverboat Gaming’ and who was Isle of Capri Casinos’ founder
and chairman of the board of directors, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2009. He died aged 80, from
complications from chemotherapy treatment for cancer. James Perry, executive vice chairman and chief
executive officer, said: “Bernie was a true visionary, an entrepreneurial spirit. He will be remembered fondly
as a man who stood by his word, who cared deeply about all those who worked for the many companies
he led and loved his family with all of his heart. He founded and built this company with his outstanding
dedication and constant desire to help improve communities and create good jobs. His legacy will live on
each day through the thousands of individuals who proudly go to work in a company Bernie built.”
In an unfathomably,
short-sighted move
The Shangri La,
one of Storm’s
to curb its nation’s
Moscow properties
appetite to gamble,
Moscow kisses
every casino across
Russia ceased
trading at the start of
goodbye to
July or became an
illegal operation.
Phil Martin reports
on the stark truths of
political move
destined for failure industry
wronggoodbye day deadline. Many of the It is estimated that the clo- ing on the help of residents at me every day for inspira- while. But we are all watching
RUSSIA lights were turned off early sures have taken up to half a and the mass media.” tion and hope,” he said. “With to see who is first to reopen.”
on the usually glittering, million jobs and will cost Those closer to the redun- the economy as it is now, it's Whilst this will be impossi-
Legal, transparent, taxable neon façade of the presti- the government US$1bn in dancies have taken a slightly not the time to pound the ble for the bigger venues,
and regulated. Those four gious Novy Arbat Moscow tax revenues. more compassionate stance. streets looking for work.” keeping track of smaller
words were confined to the street. The Arbat casino Baidakov believes only Ian Livingstone, general In St. Petersburg, a total of illegal venues offering slots
annals of history in Russia at ceased operating on the 11,500 workers have manager at the Metelitsa 109 slot halls and casinos have will be a never ending mission
the start of July as Prime Min- Monday night, whilst Kristall, become unemployed across casino, said he struggled to been closed with between for the Russian authorities,
isterVladimir Putin’s crusade Metelitsa, Imperia and the country and seems comprehend the closures 10,000 and 12,000 workers one that the Kremlin has
against gambling shut any Golden Palace were also unconcerned about their were actually happening. losing their jobs. brought on itself. Many of
remaining casinos and slot closed by Tuesday. Gamblers futures claiming they will He said that the venue’s Samuel Binder, deputy Moscow’s high end, multi-
halls across the sprawling flocked to the few remaining find work in the restaurants owners had to make 1,000 executive director at the faceted casino palaces were
country’s 11 time zones. establishments left open and shops that will replace people redundant. Living- Russian Association for on par with operations any-
Gambling in Moscow Tuesday afternoon, includ- the casinos. “The damage to stone’s hope had been that Gaming Business Develop- where in the world. Rather
will now be restricted to ing Shangri La, Karnaval, the health of people and with the current financial ment, said it was unrealistic than continuing to regulate
lotteries, bookmakers and Udarnik, Jazz Town and New society would be a far crisis there would be some that the four zones would these highly transparent cor-
poker in specially licensed York, which closed at 7 pm. greater figure than the leniency shown by the gov- prevent underground indus- porate businesses, Putin has
sports clubs. Police confirmed that out money lost in the budget,” ernment but said it was hard tries emerging and argued the simply created demand for an
The closures have created of Moscow’s 513 gambling he argued. He believes the to understand why the deci- ban played into the hands of underground sector to thrive.
one of the biggest mass lay- halls only one gambling was government will be up to sion was taken in the first criminals. “It will create Las Vegas had around 40
offs in Russia’s history and found operating past the the challenge of an under- place. The Metelitsa is one of bandits and gangsters, of years to develop its monopo-
comes at a time when unem- midnight deadline. Deputy ground industry emerging. the oldest casinos in Moscow, course it will. Do you think listic brand, as did Macau.
ployment in Russia is already Mayor Sergei Baidakov, who “There is not one metrop- opening in 1993 after the fall people will not do it anyway Reversing that process and
at an eight-year high. was taking part in the raids, olis in the world which has a of the Soviet Union. under a disguise?” trying to inflict a blanket ban
Casino owners and said 440 of the 513 establish- regulated gaming business Clive Tilley, who ran the One Russian operator on a populace used to gaming
workers had given up any ments were checked by 2 that has not managed to Casino de Paris in Moscow, admitted: “We are planning to such as Moscow is doomed,
hope of a last minute am, and the remaining 73 overcome attempts by said the closures and the close for a month. After that history knows it and every-
reprieve with several casinos would be checked by gaming owners to go under- redundancies ‘broke his heart.’ we'll open somewhere else. body connected to the casino
closing before the Wednes- Wednesday evening. ground. But we are count- “I've got 800 staff looking Everyone is shutting for a industry knows it.
City of Dreams celebrates 1m customers in 27 days
oneinamillion Au Yiu Hung and Cheng Shuk welcome Mr and Mrs Au to City The initial opening of City of
City of Dreams:
empty for once
Yin, the surprised one millionth of Dreams as our one millionth Dreams will be followed by the
guest couple, were greeted at guest,” said Hawkins. “It is a real opening of Grand Hyatt Macau
Melco Entertainment’s City of the main entrance of City of achievement to have received later this year, offering
Dreams welcomed its one Dreams by Greg Hawkins, our one millionth guest in just 27 approximately 800 additional
millionth guest on Saturday, president of the venue. To mark days since our opening. We are guest rooms. The much-
June 27, 2009, just 27 days the milestone, Mr and Mrs Au delighted with the customer anticipated Dragone inspired
after its opening on June 1. received prizes worth interest generated so far by City theater show will open in its own
More than 37,000 visitors a HK$118,888, including a night's of Dreams. Visitors are clearly purpose-built Theater of Dreams
day on average have experienced complimentary stay in the Rock eager to experience for early next year. The third and final
first-hand Macau’s newest and Star Suite at Hard Rock Hotel, themselves the wide range of planned phase of development at
much anticipated leisure and and a private shopping spree at entertainment experiences we City of Dreams will feature a
entertainment destination The Boulevard. have to offer at this amazing luxury apartment hotel consisting
during the first 27 days. “It is our great pleasure to urban destination resort.” of approximately 800 units.
August 2009 • internationalnews 3
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