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A gambling school student (top) practices on a blackjack table in Macau as others (above) learn how to run roulette games. Their school, the Gaming Teaching and Research Center within the Macau Polytechnic Institute, maintains the biggest mock casino in Asia. Macao has become the world’s biggest gambling market, and the demand for casino workers has driven unemployment down to 2 percent. Along with the benefits, however, have come a lopsided economy, soaring property prices and what many see as the erosion of traditional community values. (Associated Press)

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