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SV1973a
15-05-2010, 17:22
Yesterday, I was with a couple of friends in a restaurant. After our meal we started playing cards. Just for fun, so not a gambling game and not for the money.
The owner said that it is illegal in Russia to play cards in restaurants, and asked us to stop, or else leave his restaurant. He did not want to get into trouble with the police.
Does anybody know if this is correct. Is it illegal to play with cards in public spaces ???

FatAndy
15-05-2010, 17:55
At least it was so at USSR times. I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to me you can't play at public places besides casino. And I recommend you to avoid it any way - just think about a time you'll spend to prove policemen that you and your friends played not for money?

tvadim133
15-05-2010, 19:40
It is illegal for money only.

Besides, it is just suspecious when people play cards in the restauarant (and not usual for locals at all).

Police can consider it to be for money and the owner to be a provider of the spaces for it.

The same with visitors of the restaurant.

SV1973a
15-05-2010, 20:48
Besides, it is just suspecious when people play cards in the restauarant (and not usual for locals at all).

Interesting, did not know that. In my country many people just go to #cafe`s# just to play cards. True, I have never seen people in Russia playing with cards.


Police can consider it to be for money and the owner to be a provider of the spaces for it.

But how so, if there is no money on the table, and not even tracking of the scores...?

tvadim133
15-05-2010, 22:12
Interesting, did not know that. In my country many people just go to #cafe`s# just to play cards. True, I have never seen people in Russia playing with cards.



But how so, if there is no money on the table, and not even tracking of the scores...?

Nevertheless, in order to avoid any problems, the owner of the restaurant asked you not doing that.

FlakeySnowballer
17-05-2010, 14:19
When i studied at university, i had very good team, sometimes we played card games in the university. One day police saw that our boys played card game and they arrested our boys and moved them to KPZ (KPZ was situated in the students hostel) a little bit later we came to visit our boys but university police didn't want to dismiss our boys. So we tried to distract police so they were talking with us but at the same time our boys opened the lock and run away. A little bit later we said to the police that we must go but they told us that our boys would be in army soon and we said as you want and moved away from this place.

tvadim133
17-05-2010, 14:43
Something wrong with my English, probably.

I do not understand, what the story is about?

FlakeySnowballer
17-05-2010, 14:48
Something wrong with my English, probably.

I do not understand, what the story is about?

This story shows that playing card games is illegal in the public places, at least at university

Benedikt
17-05-2010, 15:21
special with all the casinos closed and POKER also not allowed. you would have a hard time to explain the law that you are playing for matches or a beer only,and i assume you were not playing 'Durak' a play the russians might be familiar with.

On the other hand is a big thing in AUSTRIA and GERMANY to play cards in your local gasthaus.While now it is mainly for fun, price money can be quite high and competition is fierce.

SV1973a
17-05-2010, 15:52
special with all the casinos closed and POKER also not allowed. you would have a hard time to explain the law that you are playing for matches or a beer only,and i assume you were not playing 'Durak' a play the russians might be familiar with.

We were playing `whist`, a cards game that is very popular in my home country. Used to spend many hours with this game during my years as a student.
This is not a gambling game, but it requires good memory and strategical insight (and also good luck of course).


On the other hand is a big thing in AUSTRIA and GERMANY to play cards in your local gasthaus.While now it is mainly for fun, price money can be quite high and competition is fierce.

People actually go to the local gasthaus to play this game with their friends and have a couple of beers. We always played just for fun, usually with matches or Francs (I guess students are now using Euro-Cents), but very often we only wrote down the scores.