Gambling Venues Struggle to Enforce Self-Exclusion

In New Zealand, gambling venue operators are required to provide a self-exclusion program for problem gambling. However, club owners seem to be having problems enforcing the provision, which is aimed at keeping problem gamblers out of casinos and other gambling locations.

According to a recent radio report, the Problem Gambling Foundation states that local gaming venues are having a hard time with being able to keep up with the number of gamblers who wish to be banned. Club managers do not seem to have an effective enough system to keep out all those who have requested to be a part of their self-exclusion programs.

The Problem Gambling Foundation suggests that all venues request photo ID upon entering the venue. This way, employees can effectively refuse entry to those on the self-exclusion list.

As part of these programs, self-excluded players could face fines up to $500, while venues may be required to pay upwards of $10 000. This method has proven to be effective in other countries, but if venue managers cannot keep players out, it will prove to be a futile attempt at fighting problem gambling.

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