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Growing fast inAsia, cruisesmaynot float theboat for
seriousgamingcustomers, but they’reanother option to
casinos for thewaveof leisure travelersMacaucovets
Cover Story
By
MuhammadCohen
, EditorAtLarge
MuhammadCohen
alsoblogs forForbeson
gaming throughoutAsia
andwrote
HongKongOn
Air
, anovel set during
the1997handover
aboutTVnews, love,
betrayal, highfinance
and cheap lingerie.
S
hipboard gaming undoubtedly developed as soon as
two sailors weren’t yanking an oar or pulling a sheet –
that’s a rope for you lubbers. The riverboat gambler is a
stapleof American folklore, and thephrase resides in the
American lexicon as a synonym for big risk taker. After
New Jersey became the secondUS state to legalize casino gambling
in 1976, some Midwest jurisdictions bet on a revival of riverboat
gamingwithmixed results. In India’sGoastate, tablegamesareonly
permitted on ships. Grand Korea Leisure floated the idea of gaming
cruises and got torpedoed by South Korean authorities. Floating
casinos that didn’t leave the pier were fixtures of pre-liberalization
Macau andgaveNagaWorld inPhnomPenh its start in 1995.
Thesedays, shipboardgaming inAsiaoverwhelmingly takesplace
on cruises plying international waters. Once a vessel leaves national
Full
Steam
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