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Singapore’s biggest gamble becomes a reality

Gambling used to rank with chewing gum as one of the great sins in strait-laced Singapore. Not any more. Judging from the opening of the city state’s first casino this month, Singaporeans are eager converts to blackjack and roulette despite long being warned about their evils.

The casino, part of the "integrated" Resorts World Sentosa, proved a big draw card with locals despite the fact they have to pay a special entry fee and were warned by Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew that they would "surely lose".

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