Vegas Plays to the World

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The most remarkable feature of the flashy new Sands Macao casino, according to Asian high rollers, isn't the 60-ft.-tall windows or the 50-ton chandelier or even the opulent bar offering 200 kinds of tea (free!). No, for big spenders accustomed to the dingy, smoke-choked quarters of China's only legal gaming district, the highest praise for the first American-run casino goes to its ventilation system. "It doesn't feel stuffy," marvels local resident Tong Tin-Chung, "so you won't get dizzy." And the Sands is offering more than clean air--there are sequined showgirls, megaplex-size TVs and a 300-ft.-long buffet--all designed to reel in mainlanders...

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