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The Macau Metro Monitor, April 1rst, 2010

US REGULATORS PROBE MACAU macaubusiness.com

Several US gaming regulators are analyzing Macau casinos and possible links to organized criminals, Reuters reports.

Nevada’s Gaming Control Board is looking at LVS operations, following the report on triad member, Cheung Chi-tai. In addition,  a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board told Reuters that ''the review of suitability by the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement is ongoing for all license holders, and it will not confirm or deny whether this is a matter in which it is actively investigating.''

MGM Mirage will be investigated by the Illinois Gaming Board, after the state of New Jersey found that the company's Macau partner, Pansy Ho, allegedly has links to organized crime. The Michigan Gaming Control Board said it was also reviewing MGM, which owns a share in MGM Grand Detroit casino, after the New Jersey findings.  The Mississippi Gaming Commission said it was reviewing the New Jersey report on MGM Mirage, according to the commission's deputy director, Allen Godfrey. In Nevada, where MGM operates 14 casinos, regulators have no plans to reopen the MGM case.