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The End of a Monopoly: an American Casino in Maastricht

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Gambling, and its status in Europe, is a hot topic these days. One of the questions now being considered is how long monopoly on gambling will be feasible at a time when market forces are increasing within a liberalised European market. In the Netherlands, the debate on this topic was sparked off when one of the world's largest entertainment companies-Harrah's of Las Vegas, the owner of Caesar's Palace - expressed an interest in establishing an entertainment centre, including a casino, in my city, Maastricht. The Dutch government was quick to object to Harrah's request and to Maastricht's receptive response. This chapter briefly describes the history of South Limburg's economy, with Maastricht as its capital, core and economic driver. Maastricht will be the first Dutch city to be linked to the international high-speed railway network.

Keywords: American Casino; Dutch government; gambling regulation; liberalised European market; Maastricht; South Limburg's economy

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