Melco Crown needs City of Dreams Manila jackpot

Macau casino operator Melco Crown’s new City of Dreams Manila resort needs to hit the jackpot to put the Philippine capital on the global gaming map and to show that the company can create a successful property in a challenging environment. Melco Crown’s sons of billionaires co-chairmen Lawrence Ho and James Packer have enlisted the star power of Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to aid their cause.

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