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Getting the opening and the closing dates was not an easy task to pinpoint, the local media reports and coverage from the different newspapers and periodicals were sometimes conflicting, they would vary in the month, the date and in some cases by the year. Just pick up a travel guide catalogue or a book guide in the libraries or bookstores and you will find a very popular disclaimer footnotes to their tour guides that, “the information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all the information and details directly with the respective casino, owner or the company.”

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THE CANADIAN SNAPPERS

In 1892 the Canadian Criminal Code completely bans all forms of gambling, but since then the government slowly and gradually relaxed some provisions of the Code. The big break that the gambling operators were anxiously waiting for came during 1976 when the government was = committed to organizing and funding of the Montreal Olympics Games. The government lends a helping hand in the raising funds to finance the national project and to make the MOG a success. The local government were involved and committed to make the MOG a success also. Among the several ways and means of getting the finances as the roaming casino was born out of necessity of the charitable organizations for the Montreal Olympic Games, it turned out a huge success. There are today the remnants and known symbol as the Canadian National Exposition which celebrated as a huge and big national fair in Toronto, Montreal every year, the local called it a short name simply the “Expo”. The CNE is the Greenest Fair in North America; the CNE Fair will be in August 19th to September 5th, 2011. It is safe to say that the “Expo”, the “SADSH” and probably including the “Plais Des Congress” are all the offspring of these efforts all were roaming casinos in the Montreal, Quebec area one way or another. The crack opened the floodgate of “casinos” – the provincial and federal governments took the opportunity to use “lotteries to fund” worthy community events. A major change in government attitudes toward gambling occurred in 1985 with the introduction of slot machines and most likely the early horse racing, bingo and other forms of parlor games the gaming operators took a very tight grip to gambling opportunities gained – organizing themselves as ‘charitable groups’ – the tide of change was unstoppable and gambling in Canada was never the same again. Petitions after petitions from Ontario and Quebec to allow them to operate some forms of gambling paid off with the 3 day mini casino operations. The roaming 3 days casino was finally ushered in the late 1980-early 1990 to mid 1996, until they were banned totally and the national government put in place the big gambling halls in Quebec, where the “big 5” casinos in a modern sense are all found. In the end they lost the thriving business to big casino operators that are there today in the middle of 1996 when the 3 day roaming charity casino were totally banned, I mean “banish”.Although history tells us that the Montreal, Quebec spearheaded the advent of gambling to raise fund for the Montreal Olympic Games there were 5 roaming casinos known to have operated the 3 day casino system. The Ontario province had the most in roaming 3 days casinos because of their heavy concentration of population. There were approximately close to 65-70 roaming casinos operating in the Ontario province, with Toronto leading the way in the number of roamers. The Toronto area was geographically, economically, agriculturally and highly developed infrastructure – heavily populated with different ethnicity which include the Italian, Chinese, and other Asian population. The Canadian three day itinerant or roaming charity “casinos” has been the most elusive, photos are not readily available and are practically non-existent, these casinos were allowed to do gaming business good for 3 days only and they have to move. Can you imagine renting a place for 3 days only or carrying and handling craps table across the street or across the block? Blackjack tables were the lightest, the easiest to carry and move around, hence we can justly say that there were more blackjack games offered than roulette’s which was also heavy stuff and the wheel was a delicate thing to move and carry around because the spindle and the wheel bearings has to be balanced to have a fair game or craps table if ever the latter game existed at all. The craps table is actually two parts – the table itself which hold the table layout and the chips and the one piece pedestal which are made of solid mahogany wood to hold the heavy table carried by 3 to 4 adult guys. The dates given in practically all the Canadian chips are first approximation and most likely were given for convenience to refer to a very difficult dating. Personally we simply group them into a time frame like “a roaming casino or itinerant game vendors in the late 1980 – early 1990 to mid 1996” when the government regulated and licensed game operator henceforth.

RUSSIAN SNAPPERS

History The Money Casino Moscow Major Players The Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Moscow Regions and the former Soviet republics photos, scans and historical data are more readily available thru accounts of tourists and travelers to the area. More permanent buildings, hotels, cinemas, public markets, bowling alleys, nightclubs and striptease joints were much easier to obtain. An interesting note we have to make was the case of the MONEY CASINO in the center of Moscow, Russia. The casino opened for business in April 6, 2006 in Hotel Ukraine, a very popular tourist hotel in Moscow. The Money Casino was located in the 1st floor of the hotel, knowing that the casinos will be banned anyway, operated the casino without a signage or casino name outside for billboard at all. Even the locals did not know its existence except by word of mouth and hotel guests and visitors “chance” and wandered into the casino. Very little is known what happened to the casino but many believed it changed name and business form as the other did instead of relocating. This is another example of what a casino operator would do to make money in a dire situation. Moscow closed down every last standing legal casinos and slot machine parlors and halls by July 1 2009. During the wee hours of early morning of July 1, all doors were padlocks by government with police and other enforcement agencies in battle gears stand guards in every doors and entrances to the casinos – off limits to former executives and the public. All electric driven slot machines, cash registers, lights and motorized wheels stopped at midnight of June 30, 2009, totally darkness all over the casinos in Russia. Casino capitalism stood still. They must relocate to only four regions in Russia – about 4,000 miles from where they are now. The Altai region is in Siberia; Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between the countries of Lithuania and Poland; in the coastal area of the Far East or the far eastern Primorye region, near North Korea and China; and the Azov Sea region in the south. But the major casino players are still in their rightful places converting their licenses and operations into different form of business. Some casino went for VIP only – meaning tourists only and off limit to locals; other casinos converted to restaurant with special (a card table games) events and ‘party casino’, to night clubs, to entertainment complex; still others by annexing their casino to a cinema or in bowling joints a table games in the waiting area or by the end of the bar, what is gone for sure is the word “casino” and the casino websites are all gone and are offline and as part of a business name and underground.

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