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01 Aug 09 RUSSIA CRACKS DOWN ON POKER AFTER BANNING CASINOS

Many places such as US try to ban some casino places and even online casinos, in Russia the government made it illegal for slot machines halls and even land-based casino to operate anywhere in Russia but there are significant places in which they can play, they got four designated “gambling zones” this are the four gambling zones; Kaliningrad, the Primorsky, the Altai region in Siberia and the Southern cities in Krasnodar and Rostov. The legislation was passed in 2006 by then President Vladimir Putin to stop the increase in gambling and his successor Dimitri Medvedev, decided not to eliminate the law.

       The ruling only outlawed casino rooms, bookmakers and slot parlors; a lot of casinos re launched and consider themselves as the poker operator, because of this argument come out and they said that poker should consider a sport and many players also started to turn to poker instead of casino games. Furthermore, the Ministry of sport and Tourism and Youth Policy have cancelled the status of poker as a “sport” it means that player can get deem or prosecuted if they get caught playing poker outside in the four gambling zones. The gambling zones have not been built yet it is under negotiation and with the poker loophole being shut, this means that 70 accredited Russian Federation of Sports poker club are facing closures while players look for different places to play.

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