MGM Mirage Ordered to Cut Macau Ties in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey gaming authorities want MGM Mirage, co-owner of the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, to cut ties with its Macau joint venture partner due to her father's alleged ties to organized crime in China.

For the Las Vegas-based casino giant, that means either abandoning the lucrative Chinese gambling market or walking away from its investment in Atlantic City.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says Pansy Ho is "unsuitable" due to allegations surrounding her father, Stanley Ho. Pansy Ho has said she operates independently of her father.

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission can order MGM to cut ties to Ho if it wants to continue doing business here. It hasn't ruled on the case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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