Panama, the haves and the have nots. It is said as many as 40% of the people of Panama live in poverty. Of that 40% half of those live in extreme poverty. Panama has the second biggest banking sector in the world after Switzerland. Near Avenida Central it is a haven for casinos. Gambling is legal in Panama. Most people gamble when they play pool, dominoes or just head to a casino. Life is tough in the streets of Panama. I've seen guys sleeping on cement stairs, who were shadow boxing earlier in the day and others that use the side of a building to rest their head.