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Sega Sammy gets a crash course in casinos in South Korea

Japanese company hopes joint venture helps it hit jackpot at home

Key players in the Paradise City project, including Hidehisa Uemoto, left, Yoshinori Ishii, third from left, Shigeki Aoyama, fourth from left, and Noritaka Sugiyama, fifth from left

TOKYO -- Japanese conglomerate Sega Sammy Holdings is practicing the tricks of the casino trade through a joint venture in South Korea, in preparation for the dawn of the casino era at home.

Sega Sammy, whose areas of expertise include pachinko and "pachislot" machines and the resort business, has teamed up with Paradise Group, a South Korean casino operator. 

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