MACAU BOOMS: Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s success continued in Macau, helping more than double its net income in the second quarter. Gambling revenue at the Sands' flagship Asian casino, the Venetian Macao, grew by 43 percent.

MACAU BOOMS: Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s success continued in Macau, helping more than double its net income in the second quarter. Gambling revenue at the Sands' flagship Asian casino, the Venetian Macao, grew by 43 percent.

LAS VEGAS SLUGGISH: Growth was tepid in Las Vegas, helping to keep overall earnings below what Wall Street expected. The company said spending on food and drinks in its Strip properties fell 2 percent, while gambling revenue rose by 11 percent, boosted by baccarat, a favorite with Asian gamblers.

MORE TRAINS: Speaking with analysts and investors, billionaire CEO Sheldon Adelson focused almost exclusively on Macau, where the company now makes two-thirds of its revenue. He said the main challenge there is getting to the gambling enclave from mainland China. "The further out the tentacles reach with high speed rail," the more people will flock to Sands' Macau casinos, he said.