ARGENTINA: Place for Fun

The world's biggest gambling palace is having its biggest season. On a single day last week, 16,480 Argentines entered Mar del Plata's huge oceanside casino, left $160,000 in the tills. Every evening 10,000 players packed the $70 million main gambling hall and spilled into the newly opened annex across the street.

Mar del Plata's boom was brought by: 1) Argentina's hottest summer in 16 years; 2) currency difficulties that kept most Argentines away from Uruguay's resorts; 3) plenty of inflated pesos. Some of the pesos were flung away by newly rich industrialists...

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