Poker gets caught in Russian casino crackdown
Posted by Gavin Smith on 27 Jul 2009 at 10:07
Poker is now facing a shut down in Russia as the country's government continues a clampdown on casinos.
Casino Gambling Web reports poker was originally expected to be safe from new laws brought in by the authorities but has now found itself caught up in widespread bans.
Poker was classified as a sport in Russia by rulings in 2007 but from the start of this month poker halls have had to obey the same laws which apply to casinos.
Quoted by Casino Gambling Web, Samuil Binder, of the Russian Association for Gaming Business Development, said: "It's hard to understand the logic and decisions of dilettantes."
"We have a really silly situation in Russia, it is total chaos."
The clampdown originally started in an effort to drive casinos out of Moscow into out of town areas.
However, many owners have rejected the idea of moving out of hand and said moving to the planned locations would lead to a fall in customer numbers.
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