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Cirsa continues poker
expansion
Operator Cirsa has opened its third
Poker House venue, located in the
Casino Rio in Medellin, Columbia. It
has previously opened Poker
News
Houses in Venezuela and in the
Casino Majestic, Panama. The
Poker House brand has been
developed by Cirsa to offer a
consistent version of the game
based on the Tournament Directors
Association and Robert’s Poker
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
Rules. The venues offer Texas
Hold’em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud
tournaments.
Broad coalition building to
grant old casinos a reprieve
During any election year, politicians like to find a bandwagon to climb on in order to be able to shout their messages more clearly.
In Chile, one that seems to be attracting candidates from across the political spectrum is the campaign to save the seven
Municipal Casinos and allow them to operate after their current licence expires and without interruption.
climbaboard bringing about at best a long hiatus social investment that exists today
CHILE in revenues for the towns and at in the areas where it is required. I
worst a complete cessation. am glad that Marco Enríquez-
The campaign to allow the casinos The mayor of Viña del Mar, Vir- Ominami has answered this call
that operated in Chile to continue ginia Reginato, said: “I want to meet and shown that although we are
after their licences expire in 2015 all the candidates - I can’t close the people with obvious political dif-
is gaining more political support, door to anyone because the city is ferences, we can all work together
including from a candidate in the for all who live there. Politics is not for a better future.”
presidential elections, which take important here, only that everyone The campaign’s petition has now
place in December. is working in Viña del Mar on this gathered more than 10,000 signa-
The candidate, independent issue for the benefit of our families. tures - which means that politi-
socialist, ecologist and film-maker My main concern is that in 2015 cians are beginning to take notice,
Marco Enríquez-Ominami and we will no longer have the particularly in an election year.
other national politicians have met resources that the Casino Munici- Chahuán has recently met the
the mayors of the seven towns and pal now brings us. This is why the President’s secretary general to
cities affected, where he was told mayors of all the cities where this is advise him that a cross-party
of the many millions of pesos that a problem have joined together organisation had been formed and
would be lost to those communi- and are making every effort to to ask the president’s endorse-
ties impairing their ability to offer reverse the negative effects of the ment of a bill designed to repeal
social programmes. current legislation.” the relevant sections of the Gam-
Under the largely successful Mayor Reginato is being helped bling Act, Law 19.995.
2005 act that transformed the in parliament by local deputies, Reginato and the mayors of
casino sector in Chile, the hosts of Francisco Chahuán and Joaquín Coquimbo, Arica, Iquique, Pucón,
the seven already existing venues Lavín, politicians of the centre- Puerto Natales and Puerto Varas
cannot apply for new licences right and now senatorial candi- have said that if they fail to get
while the old ones are in force. The dates in the upcoming election. agreement from politicians to
matter would then be subject to a Lavín said: “The Casino [Munici- change the law, they will take the
lengthy consideration by the pal del Viña del Mar] represents
Presidential candidate Marco Enríquez-Ominami has joined the efforts
matter to the Constitutional Court
authorities with no guarantee that 20m pesos [E27,000] to the city,
to gain a reprieve for the old municipal casinos. Virginia Reginato,
and attempt to have the whole law
any licences would be awarded, which allows it to bring about the right, mayor of Viña del Mar, is leading the campaign ruled as unconstitutional.
Argentinean clubs shut the
Casino Gran de
door against swine flu Los Angeles fined
pigsick laneda, Lanús and San Miguel finemess if he did not give her
ARGENTINA decided to close all the bingo CHILE money, she would send
halls, as well as pubs, clubs the images to his wife.
Casinos and gaming halls it and shopping centres. The Chilean casino The guest refused to
three Argentine provinces At the Casino Neo May- regulator, the SCJ, has comply, so Castillo carried
decided to close in July in orazgo in the Entre Rios fined the Casino Gran out her threat and the
order to try and help stop the province, managers very de Los Ángeles after a guest’s wife initiated
spread of swine flu during the quickly introduced remote security employee used divorce proceedings.
current pandemic. However, body temperature sensing the casino’s systems in The guest made a
most of them were reopened equipment to help identify order to try and formal complaint to the
within a week, with many visitors or employees who blackmail a guest. authorities, which after a
introducing measures to iden- might be ill and to keep them The now ex-employee, three-month investigation
tify people who are sick out of gaming salons. Gel named as Alejandra have fined the casino
The venues in the regions
The Casino Central in Mar del Plata closed for a week in
alcohol dispensers have also Castillo, recorded the around 3m pesos (E4,000)
of Buenos Aires, Corrientes order to help combat the spread of H1N1 virus been placed around the guest visiting the casino for procedural failings that
and Entre Rios were respond- casino for the use of all in on 6 December 2008 with allowed an employee to
ing to the government’s dec- unified approach: some cities - week later. The city council order to help stop the spread a female companion who engage in blackmail.
laration of a health and some operators -decided had recommended that all of the infection. was not his wife, For its part, the Casino
emergency, which lasts until not to suspend business. In places where the public Similar measures are being capturing them in Gran de Los Ángeles,
the end of July, and echoes the Mar del Plata, 400km south of gather in large numbers, introduced at casinos and romantic moments. which is operated by
measures taken in Mexico at Buenos Aires city, the Central including all gambling estab- gaming halls across the Castillo then made Casinos Austria
the very start of the outbreak. Casino closed its doors at the lishments, should close as a country: those that do not risk threatening phone calls to International, is suing its
However, given the struc- start of the month for an indef- preventative measure. not being allowed by the the guest several times former employee for the
ture of Argentina, there was no inite period but opened a The towns of Quilmes, Avel- authorities to open. over the next two months: abuse and misuse of data.
18 August 2009 • south&centralamericanews
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