Around 41,000 people turned up at Singapore's first ever Casino when it opened during the first three days of the Lunar New Year.
I checked out the action on Tuesday night, and you couldn't get a look in at any of the tables without waiting at least a half hour. Although, a large section of the main area was shut when I was there.
In an interview with Channel News Asia, Resorts World Sentosa said they expected the crowds to dip from Wednesday onwards as more people start to head back to work. After Wednesday it will be interesting to see if any newspapers / media outlets decide to take the moral (sensational?) route and go hard against the evil the Casino supposedly brings to society.
A search of 'Resorts World Sentosa Casino money' on Google already turns up interesting results. The top result is a story from Channel News Asia about an Indonesian man who lost all the money he brought with him to Singapore and was caught trying to rob someone at Changi Airport.
It's been picked up by Yahoo and a few other news outlets as well.
Of course, some of the papers might write a story about all the jobs the Casino created (there were a lot of first time croupiers on the floor when I was there) and the tourism dollars it will bring (there were a lot of people from China when I was there) but who wants to read about that!
For the record, I had to pay the S$100 levy to get in (damm the timing of my Singapore PR status) which I failed miserably trying to win back at Baccarat.
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