Las Vegas Sands hit with $10 Billion lawsuit in Macau

In an interesting turn of events, it has emerged that the former business partner of casino giant Las Vegas Sands has been given the green light to pursue Sheldon Adelson's company for damages totalling $10 billion. The ruling was made recently in a Macau court, and pertains to an alleged breach of the terms of their partnership.

The Lawsuit

Las Vegas Sands attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed on March 16th, but failed. At the core of this dispute is the assertion that the company misused information relating to the partnership with “Asian American” of which Marshall Hao is CEO. Asian American is suing for a sum which would amount to more than 70% of the profits accrued by Las Vegas Sands between 2004 and 2022. With total profits up to 2016 reaching $8 billion, the final amount will reach an astonishing eleven figures – if the lawsuit is successful.

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The roots of the conflict

The companies first began to work with each other in 2001, and applied for gaming concessions in Macau, with the city becoming exceptionally popular with gamblers and poker players in the following years. Las Vegas Sands subsequently switched partners however, and submitted an application alongside Galaxy Entertainment. Asian American maintains that while switching partners mid bid, Las Vegas Sands used a near identical bid submission, which included details exclusive to the former partnership.

The Future

When you consider that Las Vegas Sands has six operators, and their licence is up for renewal in 2020, this lawsuit shows the company in a very bad light, particularly in the context of unlawful dismissal, and breach of contract lawsuits which are already hanging over it. When you look at the fading revenues in Macau, and the larger issue of economic growth slowing on the Chinese mainland, it seems clear that Las Vegas Sands has an ever darkening cloud above its operations in Macau.


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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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