Macau dreaming

James Packer has taken a big gamble in exposing himself to the pressure-cooker environment of Macau, but if he plays his cards right he and his joint venture Melco Crown stand to win big.

Chinese New Year is almost the only time of year when Chinese people turn off, close down and give themselves a well-earned break. And one thing the Chinese love to do when they’re looking for a bit of downtime is gamble. This year, the flagship casino of James Packer’s Macau joint venture, Melco Crown Entertainment, will celebrate its first, and most crucial, Chinese New Year.

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