01 Jan '12, 11pm

Casinos raising stakes on Year of the Dragon

Casino operators are preparing for the entry of what they hope is the luck-bearing dragon. With just three weeks to Chinese New Year, the two casinos are putting their chips on crowds of punters in the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is a mythically auspicious creature for the Chinese. Indeed, gaming analysts expect visitor numbers and gaming volume to peak during this period, with gaming revenues hitting at least twice the average amount. Background story AUSPICIOUS YEAR 'There is no doubt that the upcoming Chinese New Year period will bode well for the casino gaming industry, particularly because of the auspicious Year of the Dragon.' Mr Jonathan Galaviz, managing director of international casino gaming consultancy Galaviz & Company The two integrated resorts (IRs) - Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa - are roping in more hands, with some staff rostered to help in...

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