The Gambling Industry in the Country
The story of how Koreans first got known as Casino Korea is interesting to state the least. Everything started when a group of North Korean entrepreneurs decided that they were going to open an illegal casino within an underground parking lot. The American Consul was worried about the potential violence or harm during the open of the brand new casino Korea. He immediately got a meeting with the group and arranged for the North Korean to be taken away in a state-of-the-art hotel. Once the group was removed, the Consul was told that the entrepreneur had paid yet another security detail to protect him. The North Korean later explained that he was going to provide the funds that were needed to pay off the neighborhood gang leaders that controlled the neighborhood authorities.
Following the North Korean attained the American Consulate the North Korean was taken to the local jail where the American Consul could see them. This is where the story gets interesting. The North Korean told the American Consul he had two men which were working with the local gangsters and wanted to sell them the American money in exchange for safe passage over the Tumen River. The American Consul was not interested and would have none of it. The North Korean have been previously told by his handlers to provide any service that he could to the group that was organizing the robbery which is exactly what he did.
Several weeks passed without incident and the American Consul were very happy. He previously heard that the residents of Casino Korea were wonderful hard working folks. One of many female residents had brought a pal along. She informed the American Consul that the neighborhood residents were very nice and helpful. Within just a few days the two North Korean suspects were in a holding cell in the American Consulate with the police along the way.
The American Consul was very happy to discover that the North Korean operation at the casinos accepted only live dealers. He also noticed the signage having said that that the casinos accept only legitimate citizens of the DPRK. He mentioned this to the Canadian consul, who was living in Seoul at the time. The Canadian consul informed the American Consul that he had just returned from a business trip to Tokyo and informed him that the hotels that operate in Korea do not accept foreign nationals without proper documentation