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No Gambling In Taiwan For Chinese Under New Tourism Agreement

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Taiwan and China are attempting to mend the bad relations that have existed between the two countries. A new tourism agreement has been put in place, and one of the stipulations is no gambling by Chinese tourists in Taiwan.

There have been agreements earlier this month between Taiwan and China on charter flights between the two country’s. The agreement will now allow Chinese tourists to go directly to Taiwan, but only with tour groups.

The travel agencies that arrange the the trips will not be allowed to arrange any activities that have to do with gambling or pornography, although pornography was not defined by the Association.

Managers from travel agencies in China traveled to Taiwan to be educated on the various hotels and transportation options available to Chinese tourists. They also were working on packages that could be offered to their customers.

The travel agents were in Taiwan for ten days. The agreement that is in place will send a maximum of 3,000 Chinese tourists a day to Taiwan. On the weekends, the charter flights will be available, thirty six of them in all.

Taiwan retailers and hotel owners are hoping that allowing Chinese tourists will increase revenue numbers. The limit on the number of travelers will hurt, but still Taiwan should she a boost in revenue.

West Virginia Leading In Gambling Share Of State Budget

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In the United States, most individual states are moving towards gambling as a way to help balance their budget. States that already allowed gambling are expanding the industry, and states without gambling are now changing laws to allow it.

In West Virginia, they rank second to only Nevada in the importance that gambling money has in the state budget. Nine percent of the state budget comes from gambling revenue in West Virginia.

The state runs a lottery, and also receives revenue from four racetracks that combined have almost 20,000 slot machines. Nevada, at 13.4 percent was the only state in 2006 with a higher share stake then West Virginia.

West Virginia also leads the way in budget reliance on gambling revenue. It grew by 6.4 percent between 1998 and 2006, according to a report released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

“From a fiscal perspective, state-sponsored gambling now resembles a blue-chip stock reliability generating large amounts of cash, but no longer promising dramatic growth in revenue,” said the report.

One of the reasons it is believed that West Virginia leads the way in the gambling share revenue is because they are attracting many customers from other states. “A lot of our revenues come from people who travel to West Virginia to gamble,” said Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow.

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New Zealand Casino Hoping For $1 Million Poker Tournament

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There is no doubt that the game of poker is becoming one of the most popular in the world. In the United States, the popularity of the game has grown so much, that it is currently the third most watched sport on television. The first two are football and car racing.

Other countries have nee catching up to America with the game of poker. There has been a huge jump in the amount of participants in Australia since one o0f their own, Joe Hachem, won the main event at the World Series of Poker.

New Zealand is slowly watching as their country catches up in the poker industry. One casino, SkyCity, however, wants to bring the big name players to New Zealand. The controlling company of the casino is looking to bring a million dollar tournament to the country.

“I think SkyCity has the fundamentals in place to host such a tournament. But we will have to offer at least a million,” said Ejaad Dean, SkyCity’s new table game boss. He has been in the business for over twenty years, and believes the casino can attract the big names.

Others believe that it will be difficult to gain the money needed to pull off such a prestigious tournament. Mick Ryan, who operates the New Zealand Poker Champs out of Christchurch, believes that current laws will make it difficult to hold such a large tournament.

“If we can’t attract sponsorship we can’t attract the players,” said Ryan. He was referring to country laws that state that New Zealanders are banned from promoting gambling. In essence, that means the casino would not be allowed to advertise the poker sites that would possibly sponsor the event.

Still, the idea is in place, and the poker minds are working on ways that the million dollar tournament can succeed.