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Russian Online Casino Popularity

Russians are currently raving over online casinos and instant lotteries. The latest boom in the online casino world and instant lotteries is a reflection of the Russian government’s recent ban on the land based casinos and slot machines. The most recent word from the people of Moscow is that they have seen a jump in the alternative methods of gambling. This has lead to a concern from the government that there is such an access to the very thing that they banned from their people on the internet. Internet gambling and the technology advances that have come with the online casino movement in the past couple of years sort of snuck up on the Russian government. All over Russia there are internet cafes that offer access to the internet which also means that online casinos are being offered at these internet cafes.

Since the first of July the amount of people visiting online casinos from internet cafes in Russia have tripled. That is a significant jump and all of it has taken place since the change in legislation against gambling at land based casinos. The former land based casino sites have converted themselves into vendors of instant lottery tickets which have also jumped significantly in popularity due to the legislation change. The ban on the land based casino industry did not project a large level of unemployment, the city’s deputy mayor, Sergei Baidakov said that the city only had 1500 registered unemployed land based casino employees. That change also translated into a 0.5 percent loss in tax income. As usual, these bans on gambling create other and illegal ways for people to be able to gamble. So the online casino world has risen in popularity but now the rise in illegal land based casino rings are making police take special task forces to stop these from happening. Baidakov said, "We are seriously concerned about the rise of surrogate technologies. They are the byproduct of imperfect legislation."



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