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THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TRY TO ENTER THE "SANDS MACAO" CASINO IN MACAU.
As thousands of visitors - the majority from mainland China - enter the newly opened "Sands Macao" casino, patrons break through a barricade, Macau May 18, 2004. Several people were hurt as they broke through glass doors. Gaming magnate Sheldon Adelson threw open the doors to his sprawling new casino in the former Portuguese enclave on Tuesday, breaking a lucrative monopoly on the business held by powerful local tycoon Stanley Ho for the last 40 years. The $240 million project is expected to lead a wave of new casino developments off the coast of mainland China. REUTERS/Bobby Yip BY/SH