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Casino mogul testifies in Vegas in contract suit

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino mogul and GOP super-donor Sheldon Adelson spent a rare day in the public eye Thursday when he took the witness stand in Las Vegas.

Adelson blazed a trail of casino riches in Asia after doing the same thing in Sin City as CEO of Las Vegas Sands.

In recent years, a series of former business associates have sued Sands for a portion of the geyser of profits from the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.

One such businessman, Richard Suen, claims he made it possible for the casino company to win a license in Macau by arranging meetings between executives and Beijing officials in 2001.

Adelson says those meetings didn't help the company, as licenses are distributed by officials in Macau, not on the mainland.