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Monday Night Football at the Superbook VIP Sports Club

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Last year the Dallas Cowboys inaugurated their brand new multi billion dollar stadium with the season home opener against the New York Giants. Well, the Giants ruined the party and beat their NFC East rivals 33-31, and after the game Giants quarterback Eli Manning signed the wall of the locker room with "Eli Manning (10) 9-20-09, 33-31, first game in the new stadium." And when the Dallas Cowboys fans found out about that - heads simultaneously exploded all over Texas. In a big way, because everything is big in Texas. We are now in week 7 of this year's NFL season. The NY Giants are in first place in the NFC East at 4-2, and the Dallas Cowboys are in last place at 1-4. And tonight these two teams will face off on Monday Night Football.

A Must Win Game for Dallas: The NY Giants and Dallas play at least twice every year, once in Dallas and once in the Giant's Meadowlands stadium. This is the first game of the year between these two rivals, and this game is an absolute "must win" situation for Dallas. If they don't start to turn their season around with this game, any hopes (or illusions) of going to the playoffs are gone. And Dallas is also playing for pride - this is the first time the NY Giants have returned to their new stadium since the famous "opener fiasco" of last year - so there is tremendous pressure on Dallas to beat the living shit out of the NY Giants. The hate between these teams is visceral. However, there are some things about Dallas that we Giants fans kinda like...

Come See The Game at the Superbook VIP Sports Club: Next Thursday there will be a group of Dallas Cowboy's Cheerleaders at the Superbook taking pictures and signing autographs. I don't have the time yet, but it will most likely be in the evening (details to follow). The Superbook VIP Sports Club has plenty of seating and large television screens to watch the game, as well as drink specials and 25 cent chicken wings all night. They also have a $500 dollar prize for whoever can correctly guess the score in tonights game. Hmmm - let's see. I'm going with 33-31 Giants - part deux ... (grin)

Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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NFL Monday Night Football at the Superbook VIP Sports Club

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Superbook VIP Sports Club continues their weekly specials and promotions for the NFL Monday Night Football games. Amazingly, all four teams in the AFC South are tied at 3-2, and this week the Tennessee Titans are on the road to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 6-2 at home on Monday Night. They give away $500 every week to the person who can correctly guess the final score of the game. However if nobody guesses correctly the prize money rolls over to the following week, and no one has been able to predict the correct final score for the past two weeks. That means this week the prize has accumulated up to $1,500 dollars. To participate, you get two tickets for each bucket of Miller beer that you buy (six beers for $12 bucks.) You have to guess the correct final score of the Monday night game. All tickets have to be turned in by five minutes left to play in the third quarter. If there's more than one winner then the prize money is split between those who guessed correctly. In addition they will also have 25 cent chicken wings all night long, So, come on down to the Superbook VIP Sports Club where you "win today, get paid today."

Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Restaurant / Lounge in Obarrio Generates Noise Complaints From Neighbors

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying Residents of Calle 61 in Obarrio of Bella Vista in Panama City, who have homes adjacent to the restaurant-lounge Privilege Pavillon, have complained to the authorities about the noise coming from the bar, even after 12:00 midnight. Maruquel Ramírez, a local neighbor, said that since early 2010 this restaurant is the setting for parties almost every day and weekends until late at night. She warned that together with other residents she would sue the owners of the Privilege to the Supreme Court, for alleged irregularities in her opinion which occur at the site.

For her part, Cynthia Sednaevi, spokesman and partner of Privilege, said the establishment has all the permits to operate until 12:00 midnight. She said the Privilege does not hold events weekdays after 11:00 pm.

However, the Panama America called the Privilege acting as a customer and the answer was that the premises could be rented until 2:00 am. Sednaevi said that when they do these activities thye seek special permission from the Municipality.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Palacios, the Justice of the Peace of Bella Vista, said he is aware of complaints about noise, but at 12:00 midnight the Corregedoria is closed, so it falls to the police to make a report that proves this fact. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Believe it or not, there are laws and regulations which govern noise from nightlife, bars, and partying. As you can see from the response from the Justice of the Peace, don't expect the local officials to get off their asses to do anything about it on their own. If you are a neighbor affected by something like this, unfortunately you are going to have to take matters into your own hands to push for resolution. In this case, the neighbors should just show up with a cop at 12:01, one minute after midnight, demand that they fill out a report about noise violations, and then take that report to the Justice of the Peace. And of course don't forget that in many areas the local officials have already been paid off to look the other way. The "Judicial System" is already a joke in Panama, and it's even more broke at the lowest levels.

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Casinos Replace The Race Track for Gambling Revenue in Panama

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingThe idea that the average Panamanian likes to gamble is confirmed by the fact that more than $1 billion dollars has been bet between January and July of this year, in the various forms of gambling. Numbers from the Comptroller's office indicate that within this period the largest share of the money was seen in the casinos, where table games and slot machines received more than $690 million dollars in bets. On the other hand is the legendary and formerly popular President Remon Racetrack, which saw bets of just $22 million dollars in the first seven months of 2010. After 54 years of existence, the race track is fighting against a great contender: the famous casinos, which can now be found in even the most remote corners of the country, many of which are open 24/7. Although the race track is trying to attract more gamblers by diversifying their services with technology and by developing promotional activities, reducing the gap that separates them from the powerful casinos will not be easy to achieve. (La Estrella)

Editor's Comment: The gambling industry in Panama continues to grow. When I first got to Panama back in 1987 all of the casinos were small, dank, smoke filled, well worn, owned and operated by the government. They were all privatized during the administration of Ernesto Perez Balladares (1994-1999). Now most of the larger casinos are practically brand new, large, modern, and making money hand over fist. Panama can't rival Las Vegas, but casinos and gambling are an attraction that many enjoy while visiting the Republic of Panama. I like to play in Poker tournaments every now and then, and I like to play a little recreational Blackjack, when I can afford it.

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Tonight - Don't Miss - Boxing at the Veneto

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingVeneto will be hosting a boxing match, Golpe de Suerte . . . Where the champions are born, this Thursday the 5th of August on 7th floor salon. Doors open at 5 PM Preferencial seating for $15 and General seating for $12.50 is still available. After the fight at 11 PM there will be an after party on the casino floor with Ulpiano Vergara performing on the main stage. Be a part of the most exciting night of the year!

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Pool Party at the Veneto - Friday Night...

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying There will be a "Pool Party" at the 7th floor pool of the Veneto Hotel & Casino this Friday evening, from 6:00 pm until 12:00 pm. There will be a DJ and barbecue - ask for your drink ticket to get a free drink. Check out one of Panama City´s best pool scenes...
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Panama Has The Third Most Developed Gambling Industry in Latin America

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingPanama has the third most organized and developed casino and gaming industry in Latin America, according to a report of the Board of Gaming Regulatory Agencies Gaming. Recently casino operators in the region met in the country during the international SAGSE Gaming convention, which made Panama the capital of gambling for two days. Some 40 companies exhibited slot machines, table games, roulette and safety equipment technology. Also present were representatives of textile companies, dedicated to the production of carpets, and others responsible for designing uniforms for casino employees, parts suppliers, equipment maintenance companies, as well as architecture and design firms. Giorio Gennari Litta, the chairman of the event, was optimistic on the results of this international exhibition, with the quality of the companies involved and the variety of products on display, mostly consumables. (La Critica)
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Prostitutes Exploited by Immigration, Night Club Owners, and Lawyers in Panama

Nightlife, Bars, and PartyingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I've been talking to some of the women who were detained by immigration in raids they conducted in recent weeks. In the middle of May Panama's National Immigration Service conducted raids in several bars and clubs in Panama City and arrested a total of 68 foreigners. A week later Immigration conducted another raid, this time in a couple of the seedier clubs in Calidonia and Santa Ana, and arrested another 25 women. All of these women were taken to the holding cells run by Immigration on Ave. Cuba. So, in all between the two raids a total of 93 women were initially detained. I now have the inside story on what actually happened to this women, who have contacted me to tell their story. It turns out they are being manipulated and exploited by a "three way" consisting of Immigration Officials, night club owners, and unscrupulous lawyers. Here is their story. (more)
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"Hooker Roundup" - Immigration Snags Sundry Snatch in Santa Ana

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying The National Police fired pepper spray in a bar in Santa Ana, after customers refused to show their personal identification to officials from the Directorate of Immigration. Several people left the bar located on 17th Street in Santa Ana, visibly affected by the pepper spray. Last night a team of Immigration officials conducted an operation to detect undocumented people in different bars and "entertainment centers" in Santa Ana and Calidonia. (TVN Noticias)

Editor's Comment: In Panama, most of the hookers come from other countries to sell their bodies in the adult sex trade. By far the majority of the women come from Colombia, with additional representation from places like the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, etc. Most of these women come here as "free lancers" - meaning they are not working as legal employees of one of the nightclubs, strip joints, or massage parlors. They just come to Panama on a tourist visa, buy a cell phone, hang out their "shingle" in a classified ad, and start making money. At night these women patrol the bars, looking for men who will pay them for sex. And, they play a constant game of cat and mouse with Panamanian immigration authorities, who try to make sure they are not breaking the law. It's one of the never ending stories in Panama that's always valid.

The Thursday Night Standard Immigration Hooker Raid: Lately it seems like Thursday night is when Immigration officials have been venturing out to make these raids. Last week on Thursday night they rounded up about 68 women and took them all to the immigration holding cell on Ave. Cuba. They sorted through their documentation and if they are here in Panama legally they are set free. I mean, these women are just tourists, right? And there's nothing illegal about a tourist going out for a cold drink in a bar, right? Both the woman and immigration know they are frequenting known whore houses and places where sex is sold, but unless they are caught in the act it's hard to make it stick. For the most part immigration uses these raids to round everyone up, sort through the stack, in order to identify those women who are here illegally, who don't have any kind of visa, those who overstayed their tourist visa, or are here illegally in some manner. These women are generally deported to their home countries.

Element of Surprise Lost: Last night the immigration raid started at about 10:00 pm. They were concentrating on some of the "seedier" establishments in Santa Ana and Calidonia, such as the "Fox's Cave." After they hit the first two places the word had gotten out on the "hooker's cell phone integrated alert network," and all of the girls who were working in other places that had not been hit yet scrambled like bugs in a hot fire. The last three places the immigration officials hit were "dry holes" (so to speak). Last week they got about 68 women, last night about 25. The first raid was more effective because it was a surprise. If they start going out every Thursday night like clockwork pretty soon the girls will have them figured out and they won't be able to arrest anyone at all. When that happens, they can then declare they have eradicated prostitution in the Republic of Panama, and a good time was had by all.

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Casinos Generate $3.6 Million For Panama in April 2010

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying The Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Gaming Control Board (JCJ), received payments of $3.6 million dollars as revenue from casino managers and operators during the month of April 2010. Revenues generated by the Gaming Control Board have continued to grow steadily due to the contributions to the State for the transactions recorded in the Hippodrome (Race Track), rooms for sports betting, bingo halls, gaming tables, slot machines type A and C. As well as other income from licenses, fines and transition games. In April this year, type A slot machines generated the most revenue, more than $1.7 million dollars. This was followed by full casinos who paid the state more than $1.4 million dollars. Finally, type C slot machines generated more than $400,000 dollars in revenue for the state. For their part, betting on sporting events generated $34,500 dollars, bingo halls generated $11,400 dollars, with an additional $3,000 received as fines. (La Critica)

Editor's Comment: $3.6 million dollars in one month isn't bad for the casino and gambling industry in Panama. I wonder what the difference is between a "type A" and a "type C" slot machine. It's probably either mechanical or electronic, something like that. The gaming industry in Panama is going to continue to grow with the construction of new major tourist hotels that will be coming on line soon.

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