INTRODUCTION: Hungary has become one of the first states in the Soviet bloc to open a gambling casino.
SVs PAN EXTERIOR OF Budapest Hilton Hotel. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Reception and sign "Casino Budapest".
SV Dr. Staribacher and Dr. Saghy start roulette game on opening day ZOOM INTO CU roulette wheel spinning.
SV Roulette table and officials spinning wheels. (2 SHOTS)
SV Patrons at casino playing roulette.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Dealer and patron playing at blackjack table.
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Cash desk.
SV Patrons playing roulette machines.
SV PAN Automatic slot machines and video machines.
SV TILT DOWN TO GV Bar.
SV Curt Strand, President of Hilton International and other officials at opening of casino.
GV PAN INTERIOR Guests at casino.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Hungary has become one of the first states in the Soviet bloc to open a gambling casino. The Eastern European country broke away from tradition on Saturday (25 April) when the casino, with its three gaming halls, was opened at the Budapest Hilton. It's a joint venture between the Hungarian state, which owns 51 percent, and the Austrian Casino Association owning 49 percent of the 2.7 million Deutschemark (1.4 million dollar) investment. But the Western-style club is only for the tourist trade and Hungarians will not be allowed in.
There's a medieval air about the hotel, built as it is on the ruins of the city's old castle district. But the compulsive habits of the gambler haven't changed over the centuries -- the roulette wheels began to spin in Hungary again and money soon began to change hands. The casino on the sixth floor of the Hilton, was opened by Australia's Minister of Commerce, Dr. Josef Staribacher, and his Hungarian counterpart, Dr. Vilmos Saghy. Austria has supplied much of the equipment and has trained 27 Hungarians to be croupiers.
Austrian experts will be staying in Budapest for about two years to advise on the running of the casino's games of American and French roulette, baccarat and blackjack. The accounts of the venture are in Deutschemarks because most of the 2 million Westerners visiting Hungary every year come from West Germany.
The new gambling club in expected to take about four million marks (about two million dollars) a year. The Hungarian government will earn about 40 percent of the proceeds in taxes. Tourists will be gambling their money away in what was once considered as an immoral capitalistic habit.