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Macao locals' gambling habits prompt rising concern

Casino operators expected to face new obligations to combat addiction

MACAO -- For more than a century and a half, people have visited Macao to gamble and afterward largely took any related troubles back home with them.

But the transformation since 2002 that has seen Macao's gambling market explode into the world's largest and the number of casinos almost quadruple has increasingly forced local policymakers to acknowledge that gambling is a source of social problems for their city, too.

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