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Gambling expert: Cuba will have casinos in 10 years

Just as China's Macao exploded with casinos when monopoly control of gaming ended in 2002, so too will gaming explode in communist Cuba after the death of Castro, predicts gambling law expert Nelson I. Rose. His intriquing essay was written after President Obama announced he would ease restrictions on travel to Cuba early this year.

Here's the top of his piece. Read more here, from his website, www.gamblingandthelaw.com

Cuba Will Have Casinos, Again
#161 © Copyright 2011, I. Nelson Rose, Encino, California.  All rights reserved worldwide.  Gambling and the Law® is a registered trademark of Professor I. Nelson Rose, www.GamblingAndTheLaw.com.

President Obama has just announced that he is easing restrictions on visits to Cuba; the second time he will be relaxing travel rules imposed on Americans by Pres. George W. Bush.

Casual tourism is still difficult, but it will be much easier for students and teacher, religious groups and journalists to request permission to visit Cuba.  He had already made it easier for Cuban-Americans to travel to see relatives on the island.

Although the State Department takes the position that tourists cannot legally travel to Cuba, my reading of the statutes is a little different.  To obey federal laws, all U.S. citizens have to do is not spend any money whatsoever once they set foot on the island.

But that law will have to be changed.  Because Cuba will have casinos within the next 10 years.


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W. Moran

Rose is the proof of the maxim that a carpenter sees every problem as being solved with a hammer and nails and that gambling is the answer.
His one statement in the essay - "A free Cuba will quickly allow casinos to reopen..." is proof that the man knows nothing about Cuba.
Typical American chutzpah from someone who has never been there.
Waste of my time.


Cuba won't have to be free to develop casinos. The regime will only have to create a quasi-free gambling resort zone, which the international gambling corps will love, even as they employ thousands of Cubans and pay hefty sums to the regime.

The red regime will probably not let locals gamble, but will be happy to have international gambers come there to play, as long as the regime gets a healthy cut. It's not much different than letting the big oil corps drill in or near Cuban waters.

If Florida doesn't get its slice of this resort gambling pie soon, we will lose the chance ... to Cuba or some other Island nation nearby.

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