Comoros Casinos

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Comoros casinos are unfortunately rather thin on the ground. Not all that much of a surprise, of course, as it is indeed a small country with three main (but small) islands and a number of much smaller islets and outcrops. It also has a very odd legal system, a mixture of sharia (or Islamic) law with bits and pieces of the old French colonial system (otherwise known as Napoleonic law).

Given the small population, their intense poverty (the Comoros is one of the poorest countries in the world), and the almost non-existent tourist industry, the absence of a long list of Comoros casinos really shouldn’t be all that surprising. The fact that there are any at all on a few fly specks on the map in the Indian Ocean is something of a surprise, especially given the local penchant for military coups.

The full and complete list of Comoros casinos depends slightly upon whom you ask. All are agreed that there is one in Moroni, the capital, on the largest island, Grande Comore. Called the Itsandra Hotel and Casino, it has, at the last count, 28 slot and video gambling machines and two blackjack tables. There is also, at least according to some reports, another in Moroni, La Galawa Sun Casino. This is said to have blackjack, poker, roulette, and the usual slot machines.

We think it would be fair to say that the Comoros casinos are not about to add greatly to the list of the world’s most fabulous or best-attended casinos.

There may, in fact, be more additions to the list of Comoros casinos over on Mayotte. Unfortunately, while the Comoros government claims that Mayotte is a part of the country, the inhabitants seem not to agree. They actually voted against becoming independent from France in the first place, so France, kind as she is, continues to administer this one island in the group from Paris.

While that might sound odd, it isn’t quite as strange as what happened in Anguilla, a small island in the Caribbean. The inhabitants there (all 8,000 of them) were so unhappy at becoming independent, along with several other neighboring islands, that they actually had a revolution. It was not a revolution in favor of a change of government, or for independence; no, rather, they demanded to become a colony again! Which they indeed did and are to this day.

So, while the Comoros might have a casino or two, they are probably better known for part of the country voting against independence.

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