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Macau's growing pains

Updated 10:40 PM ET, Wed September 30, 2015
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Macau, the only place in China where gambling is legal, has been trying to shake off its less than wholesome image. MIKE CLARKE/Getty
Located one hour away from Hong Kong by ferry, the mainstay of Macau's casino business comes from mainland Chinese gamblers. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/Getty
Revenues have fallen 15 months straight, due in large part to Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption. ANTHONY WALLACE/GETTY
The government has been devoting a lot more resources into developing non-gambling attractions in Macau like shows, dining, and rides. Chris McGrath/Getty
Calling cards litter the ground outside a casino. Despite the rebranding efforts, unsavory incidents continue to emerge. Chris McGrath/Getty
In January, Alan Ho, nephew of gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, was arrested at Hotel Lisboa and put in jail for running a prostitution ring that involved over 2,000 women. Chris McGrath/Getty
In September, a casino junket which operates the high-stakes rooms at Wynn Macau said it'd been the victim of a multimillion dollar heist. Chris McGrath/Getty