The Las Vegas gambling tycoon behind one of Macau's new casino complexes is being sued by a businessman who claims he is entitled to a share of the profits. Israeli entrepreneur Moshe Hananel says he came up with the idea for billionaire Sheldon Adelson, 70, to invest in Macau and drew up a business plan that helped Mr Adelson's consortium secure the deal. Mr Hananel, who worked for Mr Adelson until 2000, has filed a lawsuit in a Tel Aviv court against the owner of The Venetian casino in Las Vegas. A hearing has been scheduled for next month. A countersuit has been filed by Mr Adelson and one of his companies, Interface Partners International (IPI), accusing Mr Hananel of misappropriating funds at IPI. The legal wrangle comes two months before the Galaxy consortium, which Mr Adelson heads with Hong Kong tycoon Lui Chi-wo, is due to open its Macau casino next to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Speaking from Las Vegas, Mr Adelson's spokesman, David Friedman, described Mr Hananel's claims as 'completely baseless'. 'Mr Hananel is a disgruntled former employee ... For him to be claiming he was the cause of any of our success in Macau is absurd.' In an 80-page submission to the District Labour Court, Mr Hananel claims he was suddenly dismissed by Mr Adelson in 2000 after working closely with him for more than two years and putting the idea for the Macau venture to him. He claims Mr Adelson's lawyers later asked him to sign a settlement waiving his rights in connection with any casino licences obtained by IPI, a request he says he refused. Mr Hananel claims to have helped Mr Adelson with his Middle East business dealings, arranging meetings with former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres and King Abdullah of Jordan, among others. 'This is not a bellboy he is dealing with,' Mr Hananel said. 'I am not a tycoon like Mr Adelson but I worked with him and he worked with me quite intensively.' Mr Hananel claims Mr Adelson went to Macau on his recommendation. Mr Adelson had phoned him in Tel Aviv from Macau and his research into the potential investment in the Chinese city helped Mr Adelson win the casino concession in Macau, Mr Hananel said. He claims in his court submission that his guidance gave Mr Adelson 'a huge opportunity over other entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity at a later stage', including New York tycoon Donald Trump, who said in 2002 that he had 'missed the boat' in the bidding for Macau. Mr Hananel also has submitted to the court a letter from a counsel to Mr Adelson and IPI dated July 2002, saying 'neither Mr Adelson nor IPI has received any franchise to build a casino in Macau'. The Galaxy consortium was granted one of the three casino licences in March 2002, ending Stanley Ho Hung-sun's 40-year casino monopoly. Mr Hananel claims the misappropriation of funds allegations were levelled against him after he began his lawsuit. 'I am happy to let the court decide,' he said. Mr Friedman dismissed Mr Hananel's claims, describing the court action as 'a desperate attempt by an opportunist'. Galaxy Resort & Casino launched a three-day jobs fair in Macau yesterday to hire 1,000 hotel and casino staff. Hundreds of people queued outside the Macau Cultural Centre for positions such as croupiers, housekeepers and engineers.