The Gambling Industry in the Country
The story of how Koreans first got referred to as Casino Korea is interesting to say the least. It all started when a band of North Korean entrepreneurs decided they were going to open an illegal casino in an underground parking lot. The American Consul was concerned about the potential violence or harm during the open of the new casino Korea. He immediately got a meeting with the group and arranged for the North Korean to be studied away in a state-of-the-art hotel. After the group was removed, the Consul was told that the entrepreneur had paid yet another security detail to safeguard him. The North Korean later explained he was going to provide the funds that were had a need to pay off the local gang leaders that controlled the neighborhood authorities.
After the North Korean attained the American Consulate the North Korean was taken up to the local jail where the American Consul was able to see them. That’s where the story gets interesting. The North Korean told the American Consul that he had two men which were working with the neighborhood gangsters and offered to sell them the American profit exchange for safe passage across the Tumen River. The American Consul was not interested and was going to have none of it. The North Korean had been previously told by his handlers to provide any service that he could to the group that was organizing the robbery which is strictly what he did.
Weeks passed without incident and the American Consul were very happy. He previously heard that the residents of Casino Korea were wonderful hard working people. One of the female residents had brought a pal along. She informed the American Consul that the neighborhood residents were excellent and helpful. Within just a couple of days both North Korean suspects were in a holding cell in the American Consulate with the authorities on the way.
The American Consul was very happy to learn that the North Korean operation at the casinos accepted only live dealers. He also noticed the signage that said that the casinos accept only legitimate citizens of the DPRK. He mentioned this to the Canadian consul, who was living in Seoul at that time. The Canadian consul informed the American Consul that he had just returned from the business visit to Tokyo and informed him that the hotels that operate in Korea do not accept foreign nationals without proper documentation