Sunday, May 11, 2008

Oldham Hall reunion @ Stanley Ho's Grand Lisboa, Macau

Wikipedia notes ... Casino Lisboa (traditional Chinese: 葡京娛樂場) is one of the most famous hotel casinos in Macau. The casino is owned by the Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM), a Stanley Ho company.
This three-storey complex was built in late 1960s. Since then Macau has been known as the "Monte Carlo of the Orient".
The original casino and the 12-storey round hotel tower were built in 1970 by Stanley Ho, Teddy Yip, Yip Hon and Henry Fok. A 270-room extension was added in 1991 for a total of 927 rooms.

As of 2006, yet another extension, the Grand Lisboa, is being built next to the current complex. This expansion is being done partly in competition with the newly opened Wynn Macau, located right next to the original Casino Lisboa.

Grand Lisboa (traditional Chinese: 新葡京), owned by Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau and designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man, is a 58-floor 258 metres (846 ft) tall skyscraper currently under construction in Macau.
The casino and restaurants within Grand Lisboa were opened on February 11, 2007, while the hotel is expected to be completed in 2008.
The casino is the first in Macau to offer Texas hold 'em poker ring games. It was also the first to offer craps, though several other casinos in Macau now offer the game.
The Star of Stanley Ho is on permanent display at the Casino Grand Lisboa. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the 218.08-carat diamond is the largest cushion shaped internally flawless D-color diamond in the world. In his unveiling speech, Dr. Ho said that the diamond, which is named after him, reflects SJM's timeless commitment to Macau.

Macau, stunning by night ...

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