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Is this Samz? - Fri Oct 18, 2002, 09:59 PM
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Chinese mystery man George Lu, one of the world's biggest high-roller gamblers, was turning over more than $1 billion in Melbourne.

A Herald Sun investigation has revealed Mr Lu lost $93 million last year playing his favourite game, baccarat. The investigation found the elusive businessman:

REGULARLY gambled the house maximum $200,000 a hand in a private gaming suite known as "Pit 88".

LOST a gaming chip worth $1 million.

ATE almost every night at Crown's Silks restaurant, running up $10,000-a-night bills while enjoying $198 bowls of shark fin soup and $2000 bottles of Grange Hermitage.

DINED with federal Opposition Leader Simon Crean after a meeting was arranged by a Middle Park doctor.

LEFT Bill Clinton bemused when the former US president learned he would have to settle for the hotel's second-best room.

During 13 visits between February 2000 and January this year, 47-year-old Mr Lu lived in room 3918 -- the best room on the 39th floor of the six-star Crown Towers Hotel.

One night in the palatial whole-floor suite, with gold taps and a team of private butlers, costs $25,000.

But the casino's most valuable customer has not been sighted since a nine-day visit in January.

Gaming industry sources say he has vowed never to return to Melbourne. "His girlfriend has cracked the s---s with him," one source said. "She's p----d off with his gambling . . . and he's not coming back."

Crown bosses are said to be livid at the loss of Mr Lu, who turned over up to $5 million an hour.

"This guy is a whale, the biggest of the big fish. He's massive, he's their number one player," another source said.

Zhi Lu -- who adopted the Western name George -- is one of about 100 high-stakes gamblers treasured by the world's leading casinos.

NOT even former US president Bill Clinton was able to dislodge George Lu from room 3918.

During a visit to Crown in September last year, Mr Clinton was downgraded to a luxury villa on the floor below. The president -- used to occupying the best hotel rooms in the world -- was later heard to remark: "I must meet this man, George Lu."

Villa 3918, the crowning glory of Crown Towers Hotel, is ranked among the world's most extravagant and expensive hotel suites.

At $25,000 a night, there are few who can afford to stay a single day. But for gambling machine George Lu, the whole-floor villa was a home away from home.

"It's basically his room, because nobody else can afford it," a source told the Herald Sun.

The top floor room -- offering panoramic views of Melbourne -- is serviced by a team of butlers and VIP executives.

It features a private lift, four bedrooms, spacious marble-lined bathrooms, dining areas, huge walk-in robes, studies, lounges, kitchens and powder rooms.

The main bedroom is bigger than an average suburban house.

To give Mr Lu's palace a more homely feel, hotel staff were required to provide a table-tennis table, punching bag and reclining massage chair.

Mr Lu stayed in the room 13 times for up 15 weeks at a time between February 2000 and January this year.

The high roller usually travelled with an entourage of five associates.
Fri Oct 18, 2002, 10:35 PM
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Serpico, shhhh

Men have lost their lives for lesser discretions.


you know who
Fri Oct 18, 2002, 11:01 PM
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hey rg,

sounds like your main man ALLIN
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Fri Oct 18, 2002, 11:25 PM
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LOL aha,

Still, I am worried about serp.

First the international relations scandal, now dissing Samz, er, I mean George Wu.

If he doesn't show up for his heads up match tomorrow morning, one of us needs to inform Interpol.



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