January 10, 2007

The Irrational Fear of Casinos in Stravaraland

Year after year for the last 15 years we have witnessed discussions/studies/fights about whether casinos should be allowed to operate in Stravaraland. The (potentially justified) fear concerns the natural tendency of the Cypriot man to gamble the family fortunes away. In such a world the state should come in and paternally look after the Cypriot man by removing the temptation that is called casino.

Since April 2003 though, the discussion has become irrelevant because the true hard core Cypriot man can cross the border and not only gamble, but gamble and party in anonymity. This same Cypriot man can even gamble away the most popular institutions of the land like the recently lost popular taverna in Strovolos.

But take a look around next time you are in any populated part of Stravaraland. Is there any doubt that the willing gambler can find the relevant Eurosport gambling place or the local kafene institution to gamble the family fortune away? Is there any doubt that the more sophisticated among us can log on the internet and gamble away till kingdom come? Is there any doubt that the advertising done by OPAP or the Cypriot government for their respective gambling games is actually encouraging gambling? And if all these are legally allowed to operate in Stravaraland, is it not true that the fear of having some government-regulated (thus tax-paying, non-taverna accepting) casinos in Stravaraland is irrational?

originally posted by Apodimos Kypreos


Blogger To Hlithio Agrino said...

"...Cypriot man can cross the border and not only gamble, but gamble and party in anonymity..."

Ummm, not exactly. You know... ΚΥΠ, Επαγρυπν.. μμφφχχχ μμφμφμμ...


10 January, 2007 13:18  
Anonymous m said...

So lets see here... on the one hand we have Cyprus and on the other reason... emm, no! Not compatible, sorry. Your request for reason has been denied. Please check back later, when all the fat, old politicians have reached agreements with future casino owners...

10 January, 2007 14:04  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

You mean Epagripnisi is awake on The Other Side too?

Actually in this case, if it were an issue about corruption, the politicians should have done it ages ago (and we all know what the starting price is...). No, in this case I do think they honestly believe that they have to protect the Cypriot Man from financial ruin. The problem is, the policy is completely inconsistent given everything else that is allowed to happen on the land...

10 January, 2007 14:26  
Blogger Pikifrinos said...

Opou katsei tessera kalo...egw mono kazanti paizw gia kati pouloukous tou APOEL; piannei me to sxedio prostasias tis kubernisis; Opws panta prospa8oume na giatrepsoume tin arrwstia para na prolaboume tin aitia...apeira paradeigmata toutou tou klassikou kypriakou montellou...

10 January, 2007 18:26  
Blogger To Hlithio Agrino said...

Anyone 's got the numbers on legal and illegal (but not pseudo) gambling? How much do we spend on LOTTO, PROTO, JOKER, KINO, SUPER3, EXTRA5, Soccer Bets, Basketball Bets, horse-racing, dog-racing, snail-racing... oh for Pete's sake!

10 January, 2007 20:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ουαί υμιν Γραμματείς και Φαρισαίοι υποκριτές!

Καζίνο και Δημήτρης. Uncompatibles. Have a look at


10 January, 2007 22:23  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

maybe you should take up the advice you were given to forward a shortened version to Politis for publication?

11 January, 2007 08:56  
Blogger stravoxylo said...

I am all in favour of casinos, provided they are taxed. This will provide a unique opportunity to allow a minority of idiots to happily part with their money to the benefit of all taxpayers. It will make a welcome reversal to the usual state of affairs, where all taxpayers are penalised for the idiocies of the few.

18 January, 2007 17:24  

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