Thirty-eight-year-old Anush Nazarian still remembers the night several years ago that a neighbor, distraught over her husband’s gambling losses, jumped to her death from her 10th-floor apartment.
“The whole neighborhood was shocked. None of us ever thought that one day gambling may come so close to us,” recollected Nazarian, who lives in a large suburb of the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
During the Soviet era, casinos or gaming parlors did not exist in Armenia: gamblers had to roll the dice on the sly. Today, gambling opportunities are everywhere in this poverty-stricken South-Caucasus state; and addiction to games of chance is wreaking financial havoc among many families.
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