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Michael French, chief operating officer of Solaire Resorts and... News PhotoCEO,COO,Casino,Finance,Horizontal,Illustration,Illustration Technique,Machinery,Manila,Philippines,Photography,Portrait,Slot MachinePhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMichael French, chief operating officer of Solaire Resorts and casino, poses for photo next to gaming machines inside the casino in Manila on March 14, 2013, ahead of its opening on March 16. The Philippines makes its biggest bet this weekend in a high-stakes bid to join the world's elite gaming destinations, with the launch of a $1.2-billion casino on Manila Bay.Solaire Manila Resorts is the first of four enormous entertainment venues slated to rise over a giant chunk of prime, reclaimed land that industry and government leaders expect will attract millions of cashed-up Asian tourists. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)