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MACAU/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Billionaire Sheldon Adelson , who became one of the world's richest men by creating a casino empire in Las Vegas and Macau , is doubling down on his bets in Asia , the hottest gambling market on the planet where his Singapore operation made $1 billion the first year it was opened.

The 78-year chairman of Las Vegas Sands , the world's biggest gambling company by market capitalization, looked supremely confident when he opened his new $4.4 billion casino last week in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, the world's largest gambling destination where bettors spent $33.5 billion last year compared to Las Vegas, which took in $6 billion.