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The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo - Monsieur Proust

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now - taking at Monaco's casinos have fallen off a cliff, dropping by 19% on the year.

And for why? Because the star of my title (no relation, AFAIK) in his role as 'PM' of Monaco decided that it would be a really good move to ban indoor smoking in public spaces at a time of a dramatic economic downturn. One might note that casino takings had been rising sharply for the last three years.

Given that Monegasques are banned from playing the tables, with a bit more fancy footwork it would have been possible to arrange for staff in the smoking areas to be non-nationals too. Public health issues resolved, end of problem....

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Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:37 pm

Playing at the casino royale without a cigar; proposterous!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:31 am

Agreed - absolutely shocking.  



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