NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Las Vegas Sands

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is looking to expand into Miami, according to media reports.

The casino operator told the

Miami Herald

that it's interested in building resorts in the tourist destination. The move is reportedly being backed by Ft. Lauderdale Legislator Ellyn Bogdanoff, who has been a long opponent of expanding gambling in Florida.

Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson has hired a Tallahassee lobbyist and contributed to Florida campaigns, to push for a possible $3 billion resort casino, according to the paper.

Las Vegas Sands has been predominantly focused on its expansion in Macau and Singapore, as gaming in the United States took a downturn amid the recession. The casino operator plans to open the doors to its first casino in Singapore in May.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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