Las VeKapchagai

by Nathan Hamm on 4/2/2006 · 3 comments

Authorities in Kazakhstan are talking to investors about building a gambling and entertainment center near Almaty.

The president says talks are already under way with big investors to build the first street of a new entertainment city, with casinos, hotels and restaurants.

The mayor of Kapchagai is very keen.

He says an Asian Las Vegas here would attract tourists from all over Asia, not least from Kazakhstan’s giant neighbour, China, home to some of the world’s most avid gamblers.

Almaty’s casino owners are, understandably, not very happy about having the competition.

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Kuda April 3, 2006 at 7:05 am

Well, they need somewhere top launder their cash.

Nick April 3, 2006 at 7:35 am

… but why not Astana? That’s where all the fun is 😉

Kuda April 5, 2006 at 5:05 am

Well, Astana is the government workers city and maybe it would be too in-your-face even for Nursultan’s crew to set up their casinos in full view of parliment.

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