Split Personality

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Inside one of Macau's most luxurious casino resort hotels, the $2.4 billion Venetian

Macau is a city that resonates with the sound of money. The nonstop rat-a-tat of millions of gambling chips tossed on blackjack and baccarat tables in its cavernous casinos, the constant thumping from the construction of five-star hotels and luxury apartments and the hubbub of the crowds of tourists who jam the narrow streets of this tiny Chinese enclave mix to create the roar of fortunes being made. This is the sound of one of the greatest gambling booms in history. The casinos in Macau take in more money than those of the Las Vegas Strip and Atlantic City...

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