Argentina’s gambling king is from Almería

Interesting fact of the day: The owner of Argentina’s largest gambling consortium (he owns casinos, slot machines, etc), Cristóbal López, is originally from Almería, after his parents moved to Argentina in search of a better life during the dictatorship days. He the major shareholder and family member of the founder of Compañía Internacional de Recreativos S.A. (Cirsa), Manuel Lao Hernández, who was a lorry driver until his best friend Néstor Kirchner became President.

All of which is revealed because Cristina Fernández now wants to nationalise the Spanish gaming companies operating in the country.


2 Replies to “Argentina’s gambling king is from Almería”

  1. Gambling is also a major international commercial activity, with the legal gambling market totaling an estimated $335 billion in 2009.In other forms, gambling can be conducted with materials which have a value, but are not real money. For example, players of marbles games might wager marbles, and likewise games of Pogs or Magic: The Gathering can be played with the collectible game pieces (respectively, small discs and trading cards) as stakes, resulting in a meta-game regarding the value of a player’s collection of pieces.,^

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