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Elusive Hi-Roller Leaves Melbourne After Huge Losing Togel Streak

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AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Mercury: “Crown casino’s biggest gambler has deserted Melbourne after a $93 million (US$51.1 million)losing streak.

 

“Chinese mystery man George Lu, one of the world’s biggest high-roller gamblers, was turning over more than $1 billion (US$55 million)in Melbourne.

 

“A Herald Sun investigation has revealed Mr Lu lost $93 million last year playing his favourite game, baccarat.

 

“…During 13 visits between February 2000 and January this year, 47-year-old Mr Lu lived in room 3918 — the best room on the 39th floor of the six-star Crown Towers Hotel.

 

“One night in the palatial whole-floor suite, with gold taps and a team of private butlers, costs $25,000 (US$13,737).

 

“But the casino’s most valuable customer has not been sighted since a nine-day visit in January.

 

“Gaming industry sources say he has vowed never to return to Melbourne. `His girlfriend has cracked the s—s with him,’ one source said. `She’s p—-d off with his gambling . . . and he’s not coming back.’ Crown bosses are said to be livid at the loss of Mr Lu, who turned over up to $5 million an hour.

 

“`This guy is a whale, the biggest of the big fish. He’s massive, he’s their number one player,’ another source said.

 

“Zhi Lu — who adopted the Western name George — is one of about 100 high-stakes gamblers treasured by the world’s leading casinos.

 

“He is believed to have been lured to Crown while on a gambling trip in Las Vegas. A source in the United States said the cigar-chomping Mr Lu was lying low in Malaysia.

 

“…Mr Lu’s first visit to Crown was arranged by a Taiwanese junket operator in February 2000.

 

“But instead of rubbing shoulders with other VIP gamblers in the Mahogany Room, Mr Lu preferred a private gaming suite — known as “Pit 88” — where his anonymity was guaranteed.

 

“…Sources who have met Mr Lu said he claimed to be the owner of American Internet company Lotus Pacific.

 

“…Other sources said Mr Lu had claimed to be a merchant banker and shipping magnate…”

 

Vegas Togel casino giant checks out Omaha

 

A top Las Vegas casino executive came to Omaha Friday and made his pitch to business and political leaders:

Think upscale – spas, entertainment, shopping, dining – in an Omaha casino gambling complex. People will come from near and far. Think the Venetian on the Vegas strip.

 

“It’s like the field of dreams,” said William P. Weidner, president of the Venetian’s corporate owner. “Build it, and they will come.”

 

Weidner is in the dream business at the $1.5 billion Venetian, with its canals, gondolas and facade of Venice, Italy, adjoining the world’s largest hotel sprawled across the Nevada desert.

 

In an effort to prepare for the coming battle to expand gambling in Nebraska, Weidner came to Omaha to offer a miniature Venetian, one that offers more than slot machines and table games.

 

“We build destination resorts that have casinos,” said Weidner, whose company recently expanded into China.

 

The Nebraska Legislature is expected to take up expanded gambling next year, with a constitutional amendment possibly on the 2004 ballot.

 

Another Las Vegas casino company and one riverboat casino company also have shown interest in gaining a foothold in Omaha.

 

The Venetian would be interested in developing a megacasino along Omaha’s new riverfront, said Weidner, who narrated a high-tech presentation on the resort’s shopping, entertainment, dining and cultural amenities.

 

The Venetian is not interested in being one of many Omaha casinos. Authorizing and licensing several casinos would only duplicate what is now in Council Bluffs, he said, without giving Omaha something special.

 

Weidner speculated that a Venetian casino in Omaha would do 60 percent to 80 percent of the business of three Bluffs casinos combined – or between $225 million and $300 million gross gambling revenue a year.

 

Andy Abboud, the former Nebraska Republican Party official who is the Venetian’s government relations director, and Weidner said they would expect to pay a gambling tax rate closer to Nevada’s 7 percent than Iowa’s 20 percent.

 

Weidner came away unimpressed from a Thursday excursion to the Council Bluffs casinos.

 

He met Friday with Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, a number of legislators, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce board members and other community leaders.

 

After meeting with lawmakers today in Lincoln, Weidner will watch the Nebraska-Missouri football game from the warmth and comfort of a skybox.

 

Omaha has the potential to become “a powerful regional competitor for conventions and trade shows,” Weidner said.

 

The city already has excellent restaurants, museums, stadiums and other cultural attractions, Weidner said. The new convention center will add to those attractions, and the city is easy to reach by car or plane.

 

“The pieces are here,” Weidner said.

 

The concept behind the Venetian grew out of its founder’s involvement in transforming Las Vegas into the leading convention and trade show city.

 

The Venetian, if it won the exclusive right to develop along Omaha’s riverfront with a fixed casino, could make a big difference.

 

The Iowa riverboats “are what they are,” Weidner said, trying to be polite. “They reach the ambient (local) market.”

 

 

 

 

 

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