19 Oct 2010

Opposition expects Samoa to open casino gambling to general public

6:54 pm on 19 October 2010

An opposition MP in Samoa, Palusalue Fa'apo the Second, says he expects the government will eventually allow everybody to go gambling in casinos.

Last week, parliament passed in its third reading the Gambling and Casino Control Bill which allows for casinos to be operated by hotels, with only foreign passport holders allowed to gamble.

Palusalue says he is very disappointed the bill has been passed.

He says when the government realises it is not making enough money off tourists, the casinos will be open to everyone.

"Most of the tourists come here to enjoy the green environment and also the beaches, they don't come here especially to play casino. So whoever gets a license, I'm sure they won't have any financial benefit from it so I'm predicting that when they don't get any profits from these casino license they will eventually open up for any people in Samoa to play in the casinos."

Palusalue Fa'apo the Second says the only way to stop casinos from coming in to Samoa now is to vote the government out at next year's general election.