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From the CEO (#15)

Written by Andrew W Scott

World Gaming magazine, often referred to as WGM, continues to go from strength to strength. We’ve employed more staff, moved to a bigger office, launched our new website and embarked on an expanded editorial program. Please sign up at to enjoy a free 12-month subscription to WGM, and much more.

In this issue, we have plenty to offer our readers and members. The casino resort pool started humbly, as merely a place to take a dip and escape the heat of the day. But now it has evolved into a high-end party venue, a “place to be seen”. WGM’s James Potter examines the phenomenon of casino pool culture, and talks us through 10 of the very best casino pools in the world, including four in Las Vegas and four in our very own home of Macau.

This issue’s second feature results from my recent trip to the exotic destination of Laos. I was lucky enough to be the guest of the Savan Vegas casino in Laos’ second city, Savannakhet, and I was truly surprised at the size and quality of the property.

As usual we’ve got a bunch of other goodies. Our articles this issue include Jenn Barr on mahjong in Seattle, Leanne Lu on Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, Harry-Lee Dong Wu on splitting tens in blackjack, Christian Newbold on the Japanese betting and cycling craze that is Keirin and I continue my “How to win a baccarat tournament” series. Then we jump on the “Linsanity” bandwagon, report on Phil Ivey’s amazing performance in January’s Aussie Millions poker tournament, analyse the “battle of the brands” currently taking place in Macau, and review four local restaurants in our regular “Good Food Guide” section.

We also cover the £400,000 China Open snooker to be held in Beijing in late March, controversially rank the golf majors from 4 to 1, give our point of view on the recent basketball lockout in the US, and Railbird Ronny provides his usual poker tourney wrap in “The Railbird Report”. For good measure we show you how to play big pairs in poker, head to Grand Lisboa’s HK$1.8 million “Heir to the Throne” mixed gaming tournament, teach you the card game of hearts, and cover Wynn Macau poker room manager AJ Brock’s win in the super high roller at Resorts World Manila.

Finally we visit St Paul’s ruins in Macau, follow it up with a Japanese teppanyaki dinner at Koko at Crown casino in Melbourne and drinks at the Roadhouse. Finish it off with The Eagle giving us his five favorite cigars and let’s call it a night!

Or maybe we should call it yet another bumper issue of everyone’s favorite mag, WGM!

Follow the dragon,
Andrew W Scott