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Mini Vegas for Asia's gamblers pops up in Russian far east

The Tigre de Cristal casino 6,400 kilometres east of Moscow is financed largely by a HK firm

The most lucrative sources of business at the casino are Chinese high rollers recruited by agents who find gamblers, provide credit, make travel arrangements and manage private VIP rooms at the premises.

Artem, Russia

ON RUSSIA'S eastern rim, where endemic corruption and bureaucratic sloth conspire to hold back the economic dynamism enriching the rest of Asia, a shimmering palace rises from a dark forest in an improbable effort to tap into the wealth of nearby China, Japan and South Korea...

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