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China Closes 1st Casino Since ’49 Revolution After 10 Days

from Reuters

The first casino to operate openly in China since the Communist revolution in 1949 has been ordered closed after only 10 days, a Hong Kong newspaper said Friday.

The pro-Peking Ta Kung Pao said the casino was operated by a Hong Kong group at a hotel in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone near this British colony.

About 2,000 people flocked to the casino’s card tables and slot machines on its busiest day, but patronage was restricted to foreigners.

The daily said the casino was opened June 8 as an “adult entertainment center” but without a gambling license. It closed June 18.

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The Hong Kong firm, identified only as Xibuo Co., could not be reached.


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