In the aftermath of a Florida casino robbery that transpired a few weeks ago, attendance figures are proving that people are scared and nervous to return to the casino. This is following a daring crime committed at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino is South Florida.
On January 29, 2010 a man disrupted the good-natured crowd when he brandished a gun and demanded money from a casino employee. Frightened patrons were caught off-guard in the middle of their gambling activities. The robber, Dominic Zibuda did not conceal is identity with a mask or disguise and fled with thousands of dollars. An anonymous tip pointed authorities to the suspect’s whereabouts a few days later. When attempting to arrest Zibuda, a standoff ensued between the police and suspect. During the five hour SWAT operation, Zibuda fired several shots at the authorities and in the end pulled his gun on himself, committing suicide.
In the local picture, many who witnessed or heard about the robbery were left with heavy concerns about their safety. Even though no one was injured, there was psychological damage that has resulted in many people not returning since the incident. Casinos in South Florida are reporting a decline in revenue and attribute it to the anxiety caused from the recent robbery. To feel a better sense of security, people are staying in the safety of their homes and playing casino games online. Only time will tell if the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino will get all of their clients back, but in the meantime the online casinos are providing a more favorable place for people in South Florida to gamble.