Gaming company to open shop; government insists it’s not casino gambling

Entrance to the Ma Pau Entertainment Centre

Gaming company Ma Pau Entertainment looks set to open its doors later this month to the gambling public in Dominica.

But government officials are dismissing claims that the company’s operations constitutes casino gambling.

Ma Pau’s busy at the moment putting the finishing touches to its proposed operations at the Krazy Kokonuts, with indications that it will be open for business sooner rather than later.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the Ma Pau operation can’t be considered casino gambling:

“There is no casino gambling in Dominica,” he told Dominica News Online.

“They are slot machines,” PM Skerrit said of the new company’s proposed gambling thrust that he says is allowed under the Lotteries Act.

At least two government ministers have confirmed unofficially that the administration has received several requests from companies wanting to introduce casino gambling in Dominica.

“You would need specific legislation for that, the government has not discussed the matter at all,” Prime Minister Skerrit told DNO.

He has indicated that “stand alone” casino gambling won’t be entertained in Dominica.

However he’s not ruling out a request being linked to some major hotel or resort project getting due consideration.

“The government may want to put the matter before the Dominican people.   But as of today the government hasn’t taken any decision on the issue of casino gambling”.

“As it is now it is against the laws of Dominica and it shall remain so until such time that the people of Dominica decide that they may want to revisit those legislation,” PM Skerrit said.

He admitted that the government had received “a lot of requests from various regional and international companies”.

“But as we indicated we can only engage anybody if they come in with a major project, it can’t be simply let’s put a casino in Portsmouth or Marigot or anywhere – it has to be a major resort with a minimum number of rooms, and clear conditions and proper legislation to allow it to happen,” the prime minister said.

An article by former IMF economist Thomson Fontaine last December said “It has long been rumored that Dominica is preparing for the onslaught of casino gaming on the largely catholic and Christian country …  this now appears to be just around the corner …”.

The article made reference to the Ma Pau Company, which is almost ready to get its slot machines rolling at the Krazy Kokonut.

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137 Comments

  1. Miss bronx
    March 16, 2012

    I’m happy that they are opening.. My sister had the opportunity to get a job… Dominicans tooo hypocrite….

  2. Anonymous
    March 14, 2012

    I WELCOME THE IDEA WHAT YOU PEOPLE THINK DOMINICA IS NOT PART OF PLANET EARTH , OH YE HYPOCRITES , THERE ARE SO MANY WRONG AND IMMORAL THINGS HAPPENING AROUND US . What is wrong with Casino gambling , its your choice to go or to remain at your home , no one is asking you to go to the Casino . LEAVE MY CASINO ALONE EH .

    JB

  3. Way Out There
    March 14, 2012

    I will support any govt that has my country’s best interest at heart. That includes the present govt. Lets be honest Mr.Pm, lets not try to treat a public of educated people, who embrass the idea of gambling, like idiots. This is gambling plan and simple.

  4. Anonymous
    March 13, 2012

    they had slot machines at sisserou hotel. whatever become of that?

  5. Sisserou
    March 13, 2012

    I do not believe that my comment is derogatory or controversial so what moderation is it awating.

  6. Nathaniel Peltier
    March 13, 2012

    I have nothing against slot machines but again check who owns the company.

  7. Nathaniel Peltier
    March 13, 2012

    Look at who own this company and then ask yourselves a question.

  8. rebel
    March 13, 2012

    i will forever be pro choice. if a man works hard for his money it is up to him to do as he pleases. .if he want to spend it on slot machines then so be it. what is all the fuss about.

  9. March 13, 2012

    Boy Dominicans foolish we boy.We have some kind of problem boy.Them man saying it not gambling but is what? Can any one with common sense tell me what it is?.Them man breaching the constitution black is white. The prime minister saying Dominica have no law governing gambling but he allowing crazy tee to put machines that you can come and play for money so that’s what.Every thing for them is technicality. I cant blame our people we a so uneducated and have no common sense. Lord watch over us please!!!!

    • Bwete Desorde jr
      March 13, 2012

      Slot machines requiring money(legal tender,l’argent seche) in any establishment in the state must be considered GAMBLING.I’m a poto Labour but the prime minister needs to stop.Trying to pacify the church leaders in the land?

    • flowergirl
      April 22, 2012

      Kalinago you are right on q!!! This reminds me of george orwell’s book called 1984. calling it an “entertainment center” and the dumb down masses will see its casino gambling but will refer to it as what the dystopian master say it is. dominicons are the best! never see more ignorant people in one location. i am not against anything the pm/am do cause him worshippers will dies 4 him. but dont lie to me niggs!!

  10. papamet
    March 13, 2012

    some of you guys are so hypocrite.super 6,daily3,play4,scratch scratch.what are these?are they not gambling?slot machines, same difference. long time we gambling in dominica.

  11. STING
    March 13, 2012

    It is such a joke and to an extent shameful when our people compare Dominica to others when comes for the bad, why don’t we adopt the good things from these countries. Personally I don’t see how this gaming/casino is going to help us in any way. I think it is going to take more from us then we will ever receive. We don’t have to be copy cats of the bad things from the rest of the world .Lets create our own style. Let’s create a Green society, one where people can be happier, live longer, a place where the rest of the world can come to relax and enjoy. We all know that the style which we are trying to adopt has failed in the bigger countries.GOD BLESS DOMINICA AND ITS PEOPLE.

  12. DA
    March 13, 2012

    THE CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES MUST BE LAUGHING DOMINICANS.WE NEED TO REMOVE THE FIRST THREE LETTERS OF THE WORD DOM FROM DOMINICA.THE ONES THAT CRY NO CASINOS ARE THE FIRST TO APPLY FOR A JOB IN CASINOS ABROAD.THE WORD DOM NEEDS TO GO.

  13. Sisserou
    March 13, 2012

    Gambling or gaming as it is referred to is bad for Dominica and other small Caribbean countries. While most of the Caribbean countries that have legitimized gaming has inteded it to be an amenity to enhance their tourism product,the fact of the matter is the majority of players are the local population especially those who can ill afford financially to engage it such activity. When one talks of gambling whether it is table games, slot machines or VLT’s (Video Lottery Terminals) the effects on the local society is the same. While some jurisdictions limit the play of their local population through various means, in Dominica that will not be possible since Dominica does not now have a significant stay over tourist population so undoubtedly the gaming company will have to rely on local residents for their business. In the USVI and Puerto Rico 80-90 percent of the players are locals and the societal impact is of concern. If however the Government is intent on introducing gaming in thather form whether a slot machine parlor or a full fledge casino a study by an expert in the gaming field should be done to address the many concerns and see how best the people and the country can benefit from such an industry if at all possible. Gaming in any form should not commence without proper regulations to include background investigations and licensing of the principals and their key employees and standards for testing and approval of any and all gaming machines. The ministry under whose portfolio gaming falls should start by doing some research. Good places to start would be International Association of Gaming Regulators(IAGA), Global Gaming Business, American Gaming Association (AGA) North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA). These organizations and publication will get one introduced in this unique industry.

  14. Country
    March 13, 2012

    I enjoy casino’s abroud but they have very good security. Think about it Hmmm? You don’t even have security camera’s at Western Union. Sorry Dominica you are not ready for that. And news flash to the PM you can call it what you want, if you have slot machines and can win cash it is gambling {Casino}. The streets are not safe as it is, what are you going to tell the tourists? You can Gamble but get a private guard to take you back on the ship so the crack heads don’t bust your head and rob you? I am all for gambling to bring in money the tourists will dump mad money in Dominica! But you need to fix all the problems you have first, and I don’t see that in the near future. Best you put the Casino in the new Malice for the PM to entertain the Chinese and whomever. They love to gamble.

  15. My2Sense
    March 13, 2012

    I have no problems with gambling but call a spade a spade; slot machines constitute what is commonly known as gambling and gambling (paraphernalia included) is housed in a building called a “casino”.

    As to whether or not we should have a slot machine casino open to the general public… well I think we should have considered the state of the country before this venture. Apart from the obvious rise in violent crime we’ve seen recently, we must understand the root cause and the mindset of the individuals (and by extension, a significant segment of our population) who perpetrate those crimes. From where I sit, it seems to be about “easy money”.

    A gaming company the likes of Ma Pau promises “easy money” to all who are willing to spend. The buy-in is minimal and so almost anyone can play. In my mind, this opens up the “easy money gates” to those individuals who feel similarly to our desperate criminals but hold themselves in higher regard. I see it as an expansion of the National Lottery, but at least the lottery is regulated by an agency that holds draws at special times on specific days. With slot machine gambling, on the other hand, the draw is held every time the customer pushes that button or pulls the lever. The practice has been shown to be addictive and brings false hope of riches to people looking for financial relief.

  16. Red-Antz
    March 13, 2012

    yep more money back into our economy.finally something different to do on a weekend.

    bring it on. i cya wait for the real casino them to open.

    • babygirl
      March 13, 2012

      i know, bring all the slot machines cause me self want to win a big money lol lol

  17. Pedro
    March 13, 2012

    Wait a minute. Don’t we already gamble?? Of course we do play games of chance for money. Lottery games have been played for years in Dominica. Just more games of chance. So whats the deal????Stop being hypocritical, Dominicans. Lets move on!!

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      ask for hypocrite,we hypocrite eh way mama!!!!!

  18. Tourist
    March 13, 2012

    Wow, Mr. Skerrit sees fit to comment on this subject matter. Prime Minister, where are your comments about the massive increase in crime in your country, a subject that really matters? You haven’t got any or do you rather prefer to keep silent on this issue? Guiding a country out of a serious crisis takes a different kind of a man. Stand in front of your people and tell them what you will do to get out of this mess! If you can not do that or you have no answers, at least be man enough to tell your people it is time for you to go and hand over the reigns to someone more capable!!! The subject of crime matters to Dominica hugely! Sort it out or resign your office!

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      what are you saying nah folist tourist???? why you doh go and block all those mind you know that want to commit crime!! you just there telling the PM NONSENSE!!! skeritt nor you cannot bring an end to crime in dominica even if he stand up and say anything,,, stupes.

      • Tourist
        March 14, 2012

        You are completely nuts!! You do not understand a word I am saying! Go back to school and pay particular attention when the subject english comes up.

  19. CA
    March 13, 2012

    You all are just a bunch of hypocrites, the same people who sit behind their computers and blast the churches are the ones who want to talk on the church’s behalf now. Stupes. Casino or not what is the big deal? You all go all over the world gambling, from SXM to FL and even on cruise ships. Set of pretentious big wigs.

  20. C. Bruce
    March 13, 2012

    WELL MR PPM, IT IS NOT “STAND ALONE” CASINO GAMBLING, SO WHAT KIND OF CASINO GAMBLING IS IT THEN? MR. PM

  21. Graduado
    March 13, 2012

    SOME PEOPLE TOO HYPOCRITE,THEY USE THE CASINO IN HOTELS OVERSEAS WHILE STAYING THERE,,,SISSEROU HAVE SLOT MACHINES SO LONG NO ONE COMPLAINING,,,,.SOME PEOPLE SITTING ON THIER MONIES AND TAKING NO INVESTMENT RISKS,,KRAZY T SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR SPICING UP THE ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES HERE,,,,I IN THAT AS SOON AS IT OPEN

  22. Graduado
    March 13, 2012

    SOME PEOPLE TO

  23. Political Observer
    March 13, 2012

    Who really owns the Krazy Coconuts?? I wonder if what I have heard is true. Does the PM have a share in that place.

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      and how that is your dam bussiness!!! go get some shares somewhere too nah!! busy body!!

  24. pli Quim
    March 12, 2012

    No Law, not even the Constitution could prevent me from doing what I want. Not even when death calls will it prevent me from continuing to live and do as I wish. With all my assets and money, death would have to wait.

    To many Dominicans, the few in power, who think they possess all the power to rule and dictate, have done and could do no wrong. They were ordained by Papa God, so they are infallible. To them, Jesus Christ was too fast, out of place to take rope and chase the gamblers from the gambling house.

    A few will continue to get richer, while the majority will become poorer and poorer. No gaming /casino gambling will improve the standard of living of the majority of Dominicans. Believe me. The rural folks will continue to face hell. Infact, given what is going on, the thieves will be waiting, masked, with gun in hand, after the gambling sessions to make their moves. Who cares???????

    • van
      March 13, 2012

      In total agreement. More basis for thieves/robbers. Will security also be improved.

      Is this gambling aimed at overseas visitors? If not whore houses follow?

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      you working for UWP but they won’t pay you…

  25. March 12, 2012

    the so called “development” we want comes with evil so if people want to keep dominica nice a quiet let keep is just how it is.. lets our grass grow and ease up on all the building

  26. BIG
    March 12, 2012

    “A lot people of all over the world read DNO” :lol: !

  27. Choice
    March 12, 2012

    A fool does not know what it has until it loses it. Diving into casino is like a young girl getting promiscuous just because her friends are doing it. once her virginity is gone and she is soiled, she realises that she has lost something that she can never regain.

  28. dominican 1st
    March 12, 2012

    SOME DOMINICANS TO HYPROCRITE…WHEN THEY IN DE STATES AND ST.MAATEN AND DE REST THEY DO THIER LITTLE GAMBLING..BUYING A LOTTERY TICKET IS GAMBLING….HYPROCRITE ONE SIDED PEOPLE

  29. deesseafricaine
    March 12, 2012

    good idea. might as well make some money off the chinese. they love to spend their money in casinos

  30. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012

    churches do not want that because the want all the money for themself

  31. D/ca
    March 12, 2012

    Casino means more crime, more drugs, more MAFIA running Dominica. Pray for this country please.

  32. da gyal
    March 12, 2012

    uh skerro… playing slot machines (just like buying a lottery ticket) IS gambling. you bet/wager your money and take a chance and hope you win; that’s what gambling is no? anyhoo, I think having casinos in D/ca is both a good and bad idea. It’s good for economic and tourism growth but at the same time, is Dominica’s economy stable enough to sustain gambling? you get revenue but you also have to invest too. I would like for someone to answer my question please :)

  33. DA4real
    March 12, 2012

    What do u call the game in the run shops in DA!

  34. forreal
    March 12, 2012

    wow why all this conversation over a gaming room,this machines are all over the caribbean,the british and US virgin islands for how long,come on people do not let dominicans in the US laugh at you all,yea you all will be seen as back woods and ancient people,wow people wake up,DNO is now global,a lot people of all over the world read DNO,watch what you all write and complain about,you all need to check for dominicas pride and image as inteligent people.

    • shy
      March 13, 2012

      Oh shut your mouth, we want our island to remain pure.Pride and image because we don’t axcept gambling.Anyone who gets addicted to casino are practily begers and i know people will get addicted.They say it’s not a casino, i would like to know what it is then .Anytime you are playing for money it’s called gambling, it’s like prostitution ,anytime you charge men money for sex, it’s called prostitution.Dominicans stay away from that place it’s like drugs.

    • Fairplay
      March 13, 2012

      you forgot Antigua also has slot machines

  35. Noah
    March 12, 2012

    Mapau voted best on line casino. Research the internet. They been given license to operate in Antigua and Barbuda.

    Dominica is being given a taste of everything. Dominican go abroad and do the same. Don’t look for the church and Christians. Dominica is not a godly nation, but a religious on, there is a difference. There are hardcore Christians praying for this nation. The devil is loose and having a field day in his world. Christians are in this world but are not of this world and will soon gone to meet our maker and singing glory alleluia, while others will be suffering in the tribulation, and will have no time for neither slot machine nor casino. Nation repent

    • Fairplay
      March 13, 2012

      Christianity is all about Pastors raking in lots of money foolish people!!!

      • hope
        March 13, 2012

        May God wink at you ignorance… after having sent Jesus to the cross you think thats what Christianity is? wait till death knocks at your door and see if you won’t sing a different song?

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      what kind of gosple is that???? hey heyyyyy read the bible again!!!! nobody doh going and live no body here,in no tribulation!!! when jesus comes, rightous go with him wicked dead,dead, dead all you just saying what all you want!!

    • Casinocat
      March 16, 2012

      “Mapau voted best on line casino”…. Seriously do better research!!! Mapau (part of Sunny Group of Companies based in Trinidad) possibly have the reputation of being “The Worst” online casino with so many fraudulent cases against them. They operate “CASINOS” no matter what they call them… ‘Members Clubs’ or ‘Entertainment Centres’….. They are far from reputable!!!
      It’s a shame that Dominica’s first exposure to “Casinos” is at the hands of such a disreputable company. There are so many legitimate casino operators who would love the opportunity to explore a casino operation in lovely Dominica…. it’s just so sad that MAPAU (Sunny) will be let loose to inflict the somewhat shady business practices on the good people of Dominica!!!!

  36. ONE STONE
    March 12, 2012

    When I become leader of this country I will do what I have to and who supports me I will continue on the same path and who don’t that’s their business i continuing anyway. I doing just like George W. Bush, lol, who vex lost. They want jobs, roads, schools, hospitals in short development but they want all that crime free. Here is my solution for a crime free Dominica get rid of the tv and internet then let’s allow for it to be how it was back in the days when an elder could beat any child and it was ok. We follow the bible word for word and live up to the 10 comandments. People I present to you a perfect crime free evrybody happy Dominica. Heaven on earth!

  37. Aye Dominique
    March 12, 2012

    This prime minister needs to stop insulting Dominicans intelligence.

    No legislation for casino, so let’s just say its not but in effect an illegal operation is soon to open its door broad daylight in Dominica.

    Dominicans, Dominicans, Dominicans…..this is all I’m going to say for now.

    • DAinNYC
      March 13, 2012

      Slot machines are not considered as “Casino Gambling.” And that’s standard internationally.

      e.g. In New York State gambling is illegal. However slot machine only casinos exist all over the state. One was recently opened at the Aqueduct racetrack in New York City. But that’s the “legal” classification.

      As for an individuals moral view, that’s another story. But that is personal and subjective.

  38. ONE STONE
    March 12, 2012

    I would like to ask Dominicans what sort of country would they like Dominica to be. Is there any country in this world that they view Dominica to be like, I find it very hard to understand what we want here. You hear people all the time compare Dominica to other developed countries saying why we not like them but only when it sounds good, while forgeting all the other stuff that goes on. It must be really hard being a leader of a country but if man kill Christ what else you expect.

  39. Good Idea
    March 12, 2012

    ”Where allu ever hear gambling damage a country’s economy?” I think we dominicans needs to stop criticising every innovations and give ideas instead. Tourism seem to be the head of the economy contributor right now and I’m sure they would spend some US $ in there :wink:

    However thats LIFE everyone has an OPINION.

    • D/ca
      March 12, 2012

      MORE CRIME! MORE ILLEGAL MONEY FOR ILLEGAL DRUG DEALS!! THINK LIKE A REASONABLE HUMAN BEING WITH FORESIGHT! I guess you don’t have foresight… oh well…

    • Empresskz
      March 13, 2012

      A games shop is where you buy game consoles like xbox, playstations etc the likes. This place is a gambling arcade where our vunerable and struggling will go and waste all their monies on the faint hope of winning big money. Cue a nation of gambling addicts, more crime etc. Open your eyes people THIS IS A CASINO AND IN THE PRESENT time this is not a good idea for our people. Just saying

    • shy
      March 13, 2012

      MONEY IS THE ROOT OF EVIL.

  40. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012

    dominica is way behind time,this slot machines are all over the caribbean,the US and british territories have these gaming clubs for so long,you all dominicans who are complaining are just back woods people,take a hike man and let real people develop man,way to go crazy t.

    • Empresskz
      March 13, 2012

      @Anonymous you make absolutely no sense whatsoever…we are not talking about the United states or Europe or anywhere else for that matter, we are speaking about DOMINICA where Gambling Casinos have no place here, our island has enough mess to clean up without adding more.

  41. nothing wrong?
    March 12, 2012

    Remember Jim Jones? The Leader of a certain church in Guyana? He controlled the minds of the entire congregation. He was there God, or the ‘faithfuls’ really believed that is God who sent him to save their souls. He orderted them to drink of the poisonous brew. No questions asked. Even they knew it was poison, they drank to their hearts content. What happened because of their blind obedience to Jim Jones their saviour? Thousands went to their graves.

    Once you become mentally enslaved, you become a Zombie at the mercy of your slave master, whether he/she be the pastor, priest, politician, businessman, professional, money-launderer, criminal, scamp, or dictator. You are totally controlled, mind and body, to do his bidding, without uttering one word. Your slave master could therefore do no wrong. You give unconditional support to every and anything he/she does.

    His lie is your lie. You see nothing wrong with what he does wrong. You easily associate with his corrupt, irresponsible behaviours and defend or protect that person or persons to the max. Truth no longer exist to you. The bigger the lie and the more it is repeated, is the more you believe. Until with the passing of time, if you see any light, you will try to shake off the yoke or chains around your mind. It may be too late then. You would have been an accomplice to the destruction of yourself, your family, your country. Is so Dominicans come. Enslaved again and again and again.

  42. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012

    Get real people. Nothing is wrong with gambling or gaming. cha man

  43. Mouth
    March 12, 2012

    de pocket eh full yet? Well if it eh full yet it will never full again. How much money dem fellas need to survive in lil Dominica. What do we have to do for a dollar. I’ve seen what casino gambling has done and if I could help it I would live milions of miles away from a casino. Remember guys, the casino always wins. The odds are always in its favor and even if you win a jackpot today you will bring it all back in a week or month depending on how much it is. Then after you bring all back, it takes the shirt off your back and before you know it you like a casino paro. Beware of casinos.

    • shy
      March 13, 2012

      Well said my brother or sister.

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      what about lottory? is there a difference?,??? all is gambling stop one stop all because i know all of all you like the lotto shops in dominica,,,

  44. Trouble Intended
    March 12, 2012

    I have one question: Will the slots, black Jack tables and poker tables take US$ or EC$? I want to know.

  45. A Voice
    March 12, 2012

    Please man, stop the hypocracy.

    A casino by any other name is still the same…

    There should have been a referandum as to whether the people wants this Ma Pau or not. It seems they found a way to dance around the laws.

    I watchin’ still!!!

  46. D/A
    March 12, 2012

    that’s why Dominica will stay where it is.we never want to take a chance on something. theirs ways to minimize the negative and maximize the positive in everything, its time we take that approach.i am always reading about no job in Dominica. in other for jobs to be created we gonna need businesses. maybe that will take some of the guys off the streets. with no work maybe that’s why crime is on the rise.

  47. shy
    March 12, 2012

    Ebain nous finir bart cou sa la.

  48. March 12, 2012

    I WONDER WHEN WILL THE CHURCH REALIZE THAT ITS BEEN HAD BY THE LABOUR PARTY.

    THESE GUYS ARE DESTROYING THE SPIRITUAL FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY BIT BY BIT

    • IJS
      March 12, 2012

      Was the Labour Party formed in a church?? Did it have an agreement with a church that it would Govern the people of Dominica according to the church strict laws and practices?? Hate to break the news to you but the spiritual fabric of the Dominican society went down the drain a long, long time ago.

    • D/ca
      March 12, 2012

      Ask P.R. Augustine and B.Daniel… it seem is they dat in charge of the country along with Skerrit and his antorage.

    • Matriculation
      March 12, 2012

      @jones

      The churches will never wake up from the sleeping tablets they have bben given. These tablets were given in the form of duty-free allowances, lavish government grants and the mere prestige of liming with the government big-wigs. Under this cocktail of inducements the churches all fell asleep and will only wake up if the opposition comes to power.

      Coming soon will be the total legalisation of homosexuality.

  49. hmmmmm
    March 12, 2012

    did u all(government of dominica) put the state house project before the people of dominica? why would u want to put the matter of casino before us?i would say a NO to the state house and Yes to a hospital, good farm roads etc these things we need.all i hear these days is about tourism , what about farmers? everyone should benefit

  50. God is good
    March 12, 2012

    God is good, and all the time God is good.
    God is good- To gaming, gambling at Krazy Kokonuts
    God is good-To cheating, lying, secret deals
    God is good-To those who sell our diplomatic passports to any foreigner with plenty money.
    God is good-To those involved in criminal acts.
    God is good-to those who firebomb innocent citizens
    God is good-To those who victimize, demonise their own citizens
    God is good- To those who turn hard-working people into beggars.
    God is good. and all the time, God is good to those engaged in corruption at the highest level.
    God is good-To those who use $$$$$$$ and make the Devil dance.
    Amen.

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2012

      who are without sin cast the first stone!! hypocrit.

      • Get real!
        March 12, 2012

        Spoken oh sorry written like a real hypocrite Anonymous! Use the Lord’s words when it is convenient to your argument…Typical sinner! Cast your stone now…

      • Malatete
        March 13, 2012

        As long as you cast it in the slot of the machine. By the way, slot machines are an excellent means of money laundering.

  51. ?????
    March 12, 2012

    The thieves/robbers will soon start visiting our homes. To gamble you need money.In this poor country i suspect the way out for the broke gamblers will be to kill, steal and destroy..With this vice we will soon see the next Level of Crime.

  52. D/CA ABROAD
    March 12, 2012

    HAVING A CASINO IN D/CA IS NOT A BAD IDEA AT ALL.I’VE BEEN TO ST MARTEEN AND WEN EVER THE BOATS ARE IN PORT THE WORKERS ON THESE BOATS COMES ASHORE AND SPENT ALOT OF TIME IN THESE PLACES AND WALKING THROUGH TOWN. PLUS WITH WE HOSTING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET ITS SOMETHING ELSE WE ARE PROVIDING FOR OUR VISITORS. HAVING THESE CASINO WILL BE MORE OF A PLUS THAN A NEGATIVE TO OUR NATION

    • D/ca
      March 12, 2012

      Pal don’t you read all the crime and robbery going in Dominica although there is NO CASINO as yet… think, think, think how much more crime/robbery will increase when they put a casino in the already crime-ridden country.
      Gosh where is your foresight??

    • Empresskz
      March 13, 2012

      @Dominican abroad you are missing the point completely…and stop comparing Dominica to St Marteen and everywhere else…THIS IS DOMINICA and my concern is what will become of our once beautiful and serene country. God help us all

  53. kit
    March 12, 2012

    Good Job Crazy T!!! If many Dominicans were business minded like u, DA would be much more developed!! N nothing wrong with slot machines..It’s not to much difference from buying a lottery ticket..
    Those who are interesting will go entertain themselves will go, those who don’t want to just stay at u’all home!! Simple as that!!!

  54. powder puff
    March 12, 2012

    HUNTER””;things tight;Anything for a DOLLAR;
    YOU CRAZY or what?More money in de hairy bank;
    What is the bi product of casino?
    WE DIE NOW!!!!!! :twisted: :twisted:

    • gorillaz
      March 12, 2012

      my is your money , your money is my money , together is one money , money , money , money .

  55. tata
    March 12, 2012

    Well done Crazy, I will not have to go to St Martin like many Dominicans do.

  56. Laura C.Shillingford
    March 12, 2012

    I am NOT in favour on crippling our people and our families with gambling this leads to MAJOR SOCIETAL issues. You didn’t learn from St. Lucia? And as far as major hotel chain casino scheme ‘shite’ – NA-UH!
    Dominica stands out in the world because it IS and has remained unspoiled and rugged with a sweet refinement. Folks got lots of other places they can have a manicured, piss-up, ass vacation – if thts what they want – POLL THE PEOPLE/VISITORS/SUPPLIERS….very slippery slope – watch out below!

    Laura Shillingford Clarke

  57. DA
    March 12, 2012

    IS THE CHURCHES RUNNING DOMINICA OR GOVERNMENT?IN EVERY ISLAND THAT VISIT THERE ARE DOMINICANS WORKING IN CASINOS MAKING A LIVING TAKING CARE OF THEIR FAMILY BACK HOME WITH CASINO MONEY SO WHY WE AS A COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD CAN’T HAVE CASINOS.IS TIME POLITICIANS FORGET ABOUT A LOST OF A FEW VOTE AND WHAT CHURCH MAY SAY AND CREATE JOBS.I THINK THE PM NEEDS TO THAKE BOLD STAND WHEN COMES THAT AND FORGET WHAT THOSE HYPOCRETE HAVE TO SAY.

    • BiGmE
      March 12, 2012

      Crimes are now bad and when it gets worst you will cry and say where is the church we need God in this country the church is sleeping. you guys……Think before you talk

    • gorillaz
      March 12, 2012

      boss the pm is the head of the church and if he spits the church can’t say . look out for bill daniel and malzere to open up in prayer and you’ll find randy instead of being at champagne late nigths wid young ones he;ll sure rol the dice at krazy lol

  58. BIG
    March 12, 2012

    Trevor going there all the time.

  59. shy
    March 12, 2012

    Well prepare all you self for more robery because when those boys don’t have money to gamble, they will steal more .Help us in dominica father.

  60. still
    March 12, 2012

    Sisserou hotel people….. how many years has this opertaion been ongoing any bod knows. It would be interesting to fnd out before we go compllaining

  61. tactical
    March 12, 2012

    PM reminds me of my little boy I caught running in the house when I told he should not be running in the house – hear his defense to me he says to me ” you see I was not running although it looked like was running; you see my legs were moving a little faster than usual so it appeared that I was running but I was not really running running;

    So the PM says its not really considered gambling although it is a form of gambling – so the long and short of it is it will not be really grambling although it will appear that you are in fact gambling… semantics or is it words and systems in context…? emmmm..

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2012

      PM has ideas, Dominica need money and more jobs. stop livin in world war 3

  62. Lenten season gift
    March 12, 2012

    Dominicans are you all not seeing the trends? Your PM is on that news item giving his full support to gaming/Gambling in the 21st. century in Dominica? Well it will be operating from Krazy kokonuts. Surprised?

    Which entertainment venue received hundreds of thousands of our hard-earned tax dollars, free money, for renovations to its place.

    Lest you all forget? Remember the Italian man who received our diplomatic passport and was appointed the non-Dominican Ambassador to the FAO, based in Italy? The Italian police raided his home. He was alledgedly involved in millions of dollars fraudulent activities. That same foreigner controls several gaming casinos all over. Check in St. Marteen and find out for yourself. Are there any links? What was he promised in return? Nobody knows.

    Many Dominicans have allowed mental slavery to envelop them and will support anything, without a murmur, especially if their friends are part of those secret deals. The churches’ Leaders will say nothing. They will twist the story where Jesus Christ took a piece of rope and drove the gamblers away.

    Civil Society will say nothing. Dominicans will say nothing. They so love their PM in the AM. Expect the patriots again to advocate against such abomination. Dominicans, do you see where the emphasis lies? Gaming/gambling. Not on being creative and innovative and generating money from our agriculuture, manufacturing and so on. Who cares about positive employment for the citizens? Who cares about curbing crime and violence? The Nature Isle Brand is now Gaming/Gambling and where? At Krazy Kokonuts. And the Leader of the Nature Isle boasts and gives tacit support to the activity.

    Dominica Pwi. Instead of putting policies in place for creating our own wealth by investing in the productive sectors, authorities making strong case for Gaming/ gambling. Instead of trying to find markets for our crops, it’s Gaming/Gambling. Instead of easing up the sad plight of the rural folks, it’s Gaming/Gambling. Will the farmers and youths benefit from that Gaming/gambling from Krazy kokonuts?

    After carnival, it’s Lent. They tell their congregation is Time for reflection. Time to think more of the creator, his works, his plan for us. Time to reflect and improve our spiritual life. What we are hit with in our face? Gaming/gambling and the Leader is on the ball condoning that activity. What chaos, hypocrisy. Forget it Dominicans, no escape. The road you are on is filled with thorns. Gwo, Gwo wosh en Chemin-a pou kassay pied nous.

  63. John Paul JOnes
    March 12, 2012

    It has been said that where you find dogs you will also find flees.
    The irony is we have had the flees, meaning unprecedented levels of crime including armed robery and drug trafficking without first having the dogs (casino gambling). These are the symptoms that accompany a casino gambling operation. And given the high levels of unemployment in Dominica, some might view this new industry of sin as a career opportunity, thus driving the country further down the road of ruin.
    In a certain sense, this should hardly matter. After all, what is one more sore to a leper?
    So when casino gambling finally arrives

  64. warma
    March 12, 2012

    my 2 cents – I think a well-regulated casino gaming operation could be introduced in DA – it’s something worth exploring. Let’s face it – Dominica is not the conventional tourist destination; we don’t have the white sandy beaches, the mega-resorts that our neighbors have, so we have to do something to generate economic activity on the island and the gaming industry is a good idea. The gaming industry will:- (1) help us grow our economy (2) attract big money gamblers to Dominica (3) dovetail perfectly with increased visitor arrivals aboard cruise ships; (4) spur new local businesses catering to the gaming industry; (5) provide employment to a significant amount of our youth; (6) spur development of new hotels; (7) allow Dominica to market itself as an exotic eco-tourist gaming destination…among other benefits. The downside of course, are the evils associated with such an industry, and THAT i do not know if we may be able to handle. Although i support this idea, i an still hedging because i would really like to see a thorough study done on the impact such a change would make on our country. He who decides to ride the back of a tiger must first consider how he’s going to dismount.

  65. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012

    If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck it is a DUCK! One more vice to expose the average Dominican to. Is cocaine, marijuana and not gambling. One more thing he can’t afford on what he makes so look it when he has to have it!

    Good going!

  66. Met Yo
    March 12, 2012

    Little by little, everything Thomson spoke about coming to light.

    Patience my Dominican People. Let the mango ripe still 8)

  67. Channel 1
    March 12, 2012

    Alass!! Dominica’s most backward government is at work again this time utilizing ‘cloaking tactic’ pronouncements to subtle introduce further abomination into this country.

    Something definitely is happening. This reverse thinking government certainly intends to take Dominica to the next level — the next level down that is.

  68. slimmerZzzz
    March 12, 2012

    I doe see nothing in having a casino in dominica that’s one of the largest entertainment that brings money to a country.. Day time is natural sites night time is gambling entertainment that will really keep the tourist on the good do ur thing ma pau

  69. FED UP DOMINICAN
    March 12, 2012

    Whats the big deal.

    Its only a problem if you become addicted to them. A couple of hours now and then should not be a problem.

    I always play on the slots when I visit fun fairs and I know my limit. Not all slot machines pays out in money, some are prize wins.

    Good fun for all, also some much needed employment.

  70. Trouble Intended
    March 12, 2012

    May I ask, what is wrong with casino gambling? Is it ok to go gamble elsewhere, like in Aruba and San Juan, but not in DA? Here is another tourist attraction, another opportunity to attract $$$$$ and we are about to let it go.

    BRING IN THE SLOTS!!…BRING IN THE BLACK JACK TABLES!!!!! BRING IN THE ROULETTE WHEEL!!!!! BRING it all in…If we going, go big and quit the hypocrisy…

  71. Concern
    March 12, 2012

    Nothing is wrong with such entertainment; however the government must ensure that the monies stay in Dominica. If it is a foreign company then there should be a law like the one in the Bahamas where the Natives are not allowed to gamble however the company MUST employ 90% of the NATIVES. This ensures that Dominica money stays in Dominica.

  72. Free Thinker
    March 12, 2012

    May God help us after we help ourselves!! Dominica is going down a road which we cannot see.

    I am very interested in hearing what the heads of the various churches – Catholic, Protestants, right to Seventh Day Adventists – are saying. I am listening keenly.

  73. Tiger
    March 12, 2012

    So if this is not casino gambling, then what is it?

    If it has a snout that likes like Miss Piggy’s, goes oink, oink; likes to roll in mud, and makes a wicked jambon, what would you call it, a goat?

    Skerrit thinks we stupid eh!!

  74. unknown
    March 12, 2012

    Let us get out of the box and start to live,casino I in datttt

  75. stupess
    March 12, 2012

    Bt where the space for that nuh inside that small place..inside there alredy so small…smh krazy…

  76. langsal
    March 12, 2012

    wats rong wit havin a casino in dominica, arent there gambling rite here, wat about d hundreds of dollars ppl spent in lotto tickets, bingo, domino and brags, so wats d problem of havin a casino rite here in D/A, it atleast it wil create some type of employment.

  77. dangerous mind
    March 12, 2012

    It is gambling any way you look at it..c’mon now!!! Regardless of what the government TRIES to have you all believe,it’s gambling..making it legal is one way to bring revenue to the island(think tourism)so why be ashamed to call it what it is?

    • My2Sense
      March 13, 2012

      How many tourists will come to Dominica to play slot machines?! You “c’mon now”!

  78. Abby
    March 12, 2012

    everybody talking bout is sin is sin. if you are a christian you will not go in the casino. As far as I see it, some unemployed young men and women just got jobs and won’t be robbing people or sitting on the side of the road idle…Look at the positive because plenty people crying the country doesn’t have jobs

    • Fairplay
      March 13, 2012

      …and all those christians ‘wolayin’in de carnival!!! :lol:

  79. my 2 cents
    March 12, 2012

    Look at the drawings on the walls. That thing is devilish and demonic.

    • happy
      March 13, 2012

      if we want to stop devillish act in dominica we have to take the bull by it’s horn!! preachers start teaching your members to keep gods law…. too much preachers fighting against gods law …we eat all kind of coshonny cloge our mind and so we can’t think properly because preacher or prist say we can eat them….we work seven days a week never rest so that we can revitalized to think properly but we won’t because pastor and prist say sabbath was nailed to the cross!! we no longer study our bibles because new tectnology tells us get iphone& blackberry and forget important things!!! that is where divillish & demonic ideas starting in the churchesgo back to what the bible teaches and we will see what will happen to our world… go back to roots people..

  80. Real Talk
    March 12, 2012

    I sure Christians or Catholics play lotto, lotto is gambling, christians cant pray to GOD to win lotto, Gambling is a sin LMAO LMAO LMAO :-D

  81. Sam
    March 12, 2012

    Am not one to gamble but that’s a little entertainment for me, so I will be visiting those Slot machines. What we really, really need in DA though is a movie theatre.

  82. as i see it
    March 12, 2012

    Don’t just swallow what is put in your mouths. Check out this site. http://www.mapau.com Is there any relationship? People open up your eyes. We are beign served poison cake with chocolate toppings in a gold plate every day

  83. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012

    :-D :lol: :oops: :cry: :-D

  84. Cerberus
    March 12, 2012

    You can wrap it in any packaging you like but slot machines = gambling. There is no skill involved. The operators must pay a hefty fee to the govt. and will also expect to make a healthy profit so it stands to reason that the ultimate losers are those who insist on feeding their money into these machines. it is no crime but I wonder how we are going to deal with the social fall-out. I must presume that plans have already been put into place to keep the vagrants away from that spot lest they deter potential punters.

  85. Autism
    March 12, 2012

    Dcans to hypocrete…for years half the married men in dca have outside women and their wives allow it….friday night they in rum shop with their chick, sunday they in church with theur wife……all sin is sin my people….thats what all u need to condem

    • lol
      March 12, 2012

      and those married men even have man too!!!

      • DANZIGER
        March 12, 2012

        @lol, now a days is not man is acommer we call them. Oh my all u killing me with jokes on DNO after a hard day work at list I laugh so much my neigbour asked me what is wrong.

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2012

      Amen to that!!!!

    • Malatete
      March 12, 2012

      ….you mean “that’s all u need to condom”!

    • teacher
      March 12, 2012

      i want to kiss ur big toe

    • w
      March 13, 2012

      I agree with you 100%.
      “the largely catholic and Christian country … ” for one set of things alone we call ourselves Christian and Catholic. The place is full of hypocrites. Ban the lottery too if the slots are a problem.

  86. pussy cat
    March 12, 2012

    let us see what next krazy coming with in that little place

    • hmm
      March 12, 2012

      11 people like this comment and i don’t know what the heck it means.

      Little place….? well Krazy Koconuts is actually quite a sizable venue.

      Little Place as in Dominica??? In this day and age, this internet age, which place is little? Dominica is part of the global community in many different ways…yet we are here afraid of casinos!!!!

      OKKKKKKKK Narrow minded ones!

  87. pussy cat
    March 12, 2012

    is krazy that doing it so they would not have a problem if it was somebody esle it would be against the country laws.
    boy lets just pray for Dominca and wait and wacth to see what happenng

  88. DC
    March 12, 2012

    If Dominicans were to vote for or against a casino being built in Dominica, count me in FOR it. Cause I don’t see the different in buying a lotto ticket and slot machines.

  89. yow
    March 12, 2012

    it least it got somewhere new to go now

  90. Morihei Ueshiba
    March 12, 2012

    WoW Trevor Johnson was right?

  91. Mistery
    March 12, 2012

    Right next door at the Siseroo Hotel there are a number of slot machines for years. All during the Calypso tent people were in there entertaining themselves. Slot machines are nothing new,

  92. as i see it
    March 12, 2012

    Well the christians rolling i every thing. Gosple concert organised by crazy tee, rum shop and casino. hmmmmmm. How much are we gonna compromise for a little fun

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