I’ve been having a hard time this past week. Really.
I’ve read that Russia curtailed poker every where in the country, except for four clearly defined areas. How radical.
This is dastardly. So sayeth the pundits. The crying has been loud and long.
Then I read that the areas the Russian Government allows are depressed areas, and that the Russian Government wants those casinos that wish to continue in the business of gambling use their own money, which they already have, to move to one or more of these selected areas and set up again.
If I understand things correctly in the United States, the first thing that happened to casinos (other than Nevada and New Jersey) was the allowance of Indian Casinos, Indians being considered depressed and reservations being a burden on the treasury. The casinos being seen as a means of employment for the Native Americans and a boon to the reservation and tribe.
To me, as much as it grates my Cold War soul, Putin turned out to be a pretty smart Egotistical SOB this time around. I wonder if he’s been watching America Capitalism in action.
There, I feel better.
From the reaches,