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Re: OT: Where? and What?

From: mAsterdam <mAsterdam_at_vrijdag.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 19:43:20 +0100
Message-ID: <45d74cd0$0$320$e4fe514c@news.xs4all.nl>


Tony D wrote:

> Careful with that "Holland" thing ... Dutchmen who aren't from Holland
> can get *really* upset if you say Holland instead of the
> Netherlands ;)

I live in Holland. I am not upset ;-)

> And as western European countries go, the Netherlands must be one of
> the least repressive - looking in from the outside as a visitor,
> anyway. And as a visitor, I thought it much more pleasant than Vegas -
> even other Americans seemed slightly apologetic for Vegas when I was
> there ("it's not all like this !").

Maybe the least repressive, I don't know. It doesn't mean there is no repression.
Anyway poker is illegal except in the state-exploited casinos, the "Holland Casino"s.
Repression is pretty subtle in Holland (ok, also in the rest of the Netherlands, but particularly so in Holland).

Poker being illegal does not mean that other casinos don't exist, or that poker isn't played outside the "Holland Casino", though.

They are "gedoogd" (I don't have a translation for this word. You might get an understanding of "gedogen" by reading an article on the dutch approach towards drugs: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3733/is_200407/ai_n9419552 ) Received on Sat Feb 17 2007 - 12:43:20 CST

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