Taiwan Set To Jump Into Growing International Casino Market

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Casinos are currently illegal in Taiwan, but that has not stopped Penghu, a set of islets off Taiwan, from trying to become the next Macau by building a casino town.

Macau has succeeded at building a gambling and vacation hot spot for people from all over the world to go and spend their hard earned money. Penghu, has seen that business idea work and is now set to embark on a casino resort adventure of their own.

The current president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian, is a bit wary of becoming dependent on China, and is proceeding cautiously with the plan. Next spring, however, the presidential candidates of opposition parties and the current ruling parties are more receptive to the casino idea.

The ultimate goal of Penghu is to build up the casino resort town to the point where they are receiving 5 million tourists per year.

The idea obviously is to attract tourists from China, which is only 45 minutes away by plane, and since Taiwan’s population is 23 million, and China’s is 1.3 billion, it becomes obvious why Penghu will be targeting China.

For a long time the casino idea could not exist, but in April, when Chen lifted a ban on Chinese tourists traveling to Penghu, it opened the door for the expansion and moving forward of the casino plan.

It still could be some time before any casino is actually open for business though, as the government must first work out all the details to allowing such a casino to exist.

Superstar Celine Dion Finishes Show at Caesar’s Palace Casino in Vegas

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Celine Dion is one of the most recognizable voices in the music industry. She has had multiple number one hits, and has done a multitude of charity work over her career.

On Saturday night, another chapter came to an end in the life of Dion. She played her last show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas after almost five years of service.

The show was attended by many famous celebrities, all wanting to be a part of the event. Dion had started at Caesar’s nearly five years ago. Her act has drawn rave reviews over the years and has been attended by millions of people.

The show, A New Day, has played at Caesar’s for 717 engagements. The impact that Dion will have left on Las Vegas is one of legend. She has brought the Vegas show and the energy it provides back to the Vegas strip.

Elvis Presley has the all time record for a performance run in Las Vegas, having played 837 shows. His span lasted over seven years, from mid 1969, to the winter of 1976.

“This show typifies what Celine Dion has meant to Las Vegas. It was a beautiful and mystical performance by one of the great entertainers of our time,” esteemed music critic John Gershbaum told Casino Gambling Web.

Wheeling Island Casino Adds Table Games This Week

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Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack is ready to become a full-service casino this week. Barring unforeseen complications, Thursday morning should bring the full-fledged opening of table games at the West Virginia property.

The casino will test the play of 43 tables featuring games including blackjack, craps, roulette, and Caribbean poker on Monday and Tuesday. Play money will be used for the tests, with all proceeds donated to local charities. A $25 charitable contribution gets a customer $250 in fake chips, an entry in door prize contests, and tickets for food and drinks.

Table games were voted legal by county citizens six months ago.

The casino’s business is predicted to explode with the arrival of the table games. Bob Marshall, president and general manager of the complex, stated, “We’ll start seeing new people Thursday afternoon. There’s a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh and Columbus.”

Marshall refers to his new dealers as having first-time jitters, but in a way that speaks of pride. Over 85% of the new hires are from the Wheeling area, providing much-needed jobs as well as increased taxation revenue.

The tables will close for a day on Wednesday to evaluate the test and fine-tune the system. Then it’s full steam ahead for Wheeling Island.