ldquo;I don’t think there’s any question every casino executive in the United States and beyond is thinking of a plan of how to get into Cuba,” said Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University professor who is an expert on gambling issues. “It was the playland for the United States in the 1940s and 1950s and it could be again. It’s fabulous.”
Jarvis noted that it was Fidel Castro who brought an end to a romanticized era which saw U.S. visitors churning in and out of thirteen Cuban casinos.
Castro, who viewed gambling and other “sin industries” as a criminal waste of the nation’s financial resources, banned it in January 1959.
Even if the Cuban government, led today by Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro, approves gambling, experts say that it would take about 10 years for slot machines to start spinning again.