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Gambling : All Bets for Russia's Casinos is off?

gambling : In one dive fell this week in Russia, lost more as 400,000 casino workers their jobs and closed the increasing number of unemployed persons than the country' on; S-economic crisis deepens. At midnight Wednesday the neon lights of the casinos were turned off and playing resounding over Russia and down-taken, stopped the Rouletteräder to spiders and the noise of the coins, which are buried into the play automat wells, stopped.

1st July latches the all Russia' s, which plays the plants, is the result of an anti-vice-law through imprinted 2006 from president at that time Vladimir Putin (now prime ministers) little thought the casinos was at all really resulted in, which debris-talk are. To the time as, it Putin cushion its picture as clean living helped, Workaholicpräsident as well as agreements with interests over crimes in the industry. Present president Dmitry Medvedev supported the law, with the result of reasoning of 30 main casinos and of 500 playing resounding in Moscow alone Wednesday.

The head patrolled and guaranteed police that the business the government' considered; S-regulation. However the government had a counter offer: to four development zones around the country cause, in which casinos could be established. The problem is these zones is in some the furthest ranges of Russia: the GebirgsAltai region of Siberia, along the Pacific coast in the far east close North Korea and China, the Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic Sea and the southern Azov Seeregion. To reorganize some casinos expected, werdene smaller stirring up hook associations, which are still certified, it get in far fewer funds and employ few people.

The predominant majority of those, which worked now in the play, must other where look, in order to redeem the changes. Officials tried tamp down the anger of the former casino employees with promises of the new jobs in the service industry, but those evenly unemployed persons remain sceptical. " I am " much procures; mentioned Mikhail Smirnov, the 6 a-yearlyformer managers of Moscow' S-casino Bakara and the father of three young children.

" I must change my life completely. I must look for a new job, since I have three children, which me." of; depend; After 14 years in the casino business, Smirnov was one of those, which never thought that reasoning really and didn' one happened; T-disturbance, which looks for another job. Now he says, loses its children its health insurance and he' ll must the money use, which it put aside for its training. It added that nearly everything has its former colleague unpaid loans.

"Are we going to move? Of course we are not," Konstantin Kopylov, the owner of the Kristall casino told the RIA-Novosti newswire. "You cannot run a business on someone's wish. Business is run in the areas where a profit can be made."

Given that most never thought the shutdown would come to pass, ground has barely been broken in these zones, and the massive investment they will require to become gambling destinations means it will be years before the casinos reopen, if ever.

What is more likely, experts say, is that gambling will simply be driven underground, thereby increasing the very criminality that the closures claimed to address. Many players will turn to the Internet and to other countries, if not to illegal gambling.

Some psychiatrists say they expect to see a spike in gambling addicts coming to them for help.

Casino officials say there is interest from other businesses in acquiring the coveted real estate previously occupied by the casinos.

Still, gambling has long been frowned upon in Russia and many won't be sad to see it exiled.

"Let them close. For that matter, get them out of Russia altogether," Galina Beleznikova told The Associated Press.

ABC News' Tanya Stukalova contributed to this story, as did The Associated Press.- gambling


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