In 1930, Rio de Janeiro, casinos were the lucky and unlucky Brazilian social elite. “Cassino Copacabana” and Casino in Atlantic Copacabana (Avenida Atlantica, as well as games, baccarat, craps, roulette and blackjack), has attracted a sophisticated society, time, roasting, even if the performance of famous domestic and international musicians.
This atmosphere of glamor collapsed April 30, 1946, when President Eurico Gaspar Dutra, the request is attended by his wife, Donna Santinha prohibits gambling across the country. Buildings that are operated casinos have been adapted for other activities and thus ended the era of good music shows and games that took place on the premises.
The President, with the powers provided for in Article 180 of the Constitution and from the repression in the game was called “the imperative of universal consciousness,” while the criminal law of all cultivated contains provisions to this fact, considering that “traditional legal moral and religions of the Brazilian people is contrary to the practice and game performance.” The exceptions open to the general law approved centers for casinos that have been tagged as “detrimental to the morals and good customs”, and licenses and concessions for the practice of gambling in the city of Rio de Janeiro and hotels, have received a temporary basis and may be revoked at any time if not close by themselves.
President of the Republic, Dutra, met with the department and issued Decree will play across the country. The effect of this measure by the government in the capital and was amazing and shocking. The editions of evening papers sold quickly, when the popular enthusiasm for comments. A firm decision by the highest authorities of the Republic, the way it was written by a decree, it would not delay the implementation of the effects of any administration. The Act came into force on the same day as soon as “Official Gazette” of the government issued – all this shows that the head of government was aware of “maintaining the highest national interests.”