Online Gambling Becoming the Only Choice for Punters in Kyrgyzstan

Published Sunday, October 02, 2011 -

Governments all over the world are grappling with economically tough times and seem to be demonizing gambling activity as the root of all social problems. People in some of the poorer nations in far flung corners of the world are indeed thankful that there is entertainment and jobs associated with the entertainment industry to sustain their households and families.

The former Soviet states are leaning towards banning gambling outright in their jurisdictions or relegating the activity to certain zones that are usually located far off the beaten path. One such area is  Kyrgyzstan which faired very badly economically after the Soviet Union set it adrift to fend for itself.

The government there has determined that all casino activity is to take place in an as yet to be determined spot on the map. The parliamentary deputies put the bill banning all casinos to a vote which received little opposition. The consequence of the move means that thousands of people will be out of work by next year. The politicians became alarmed by reports that gambling in Kyrgyzstan had “become a major social problem”. The country of five and a half million will not be able to find casinos other than those who get a license to operate in a particular area of the nation. It was reported that people were getting over extended and in debt over gambling issues and crime was on the increase because of it. All gambling operations are to be prohibited and gaming machines will be outlawed. 

What is ironic in this situation is the employment that will disappear with the banning of the activity. There is real concern that the lack of employment will be the cause of even more social problems in the future. Even though there was almost no opposition in the parliament thousands of casino business employees protested in the capital Bishtek against the bill. Online gambling will surely replace the traditional brick and mortar venues as it has in other former Soviet territories who have adopted the ‘ban it’ policy.


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