Problem Gambling on the Rise at Sky City Casinos

By the time this year is over, Sky City Casinos may have a difficult time getting out of the hole it has dug for itself. Scandals have rocked the casino since the end of 2011, and the problems have not stopped there. It is not only the casino management that is having problems with the casinos; so are the players.

A recent report prepared by Sky City Auckland shows that problem gambling rates at the casino have risen by 300% from 2008 to 2012. Over just 4 years, nearly 2000 new problem gamblers have emerged among the patronage of Sky City Casinos. In 2008, there were 600 and in 2011, there were over 2500.

By educating employees about identify signs of problem gamblers and offering a self-exclusion program, Sky City Casinos believes that it is doing its part. However, it seems that the operator will have to make more of an effort if it wants to avoid any more trouble in the future.

According to TVNZ, a problem gambler named ‘John’ joined the self-exclusion program in 2010. However, he was allowed to enter the casino on multiple occasions without ever being questioned.

Sky City has yet to comment on these reports. However, the casinos will have to make some changes to deal with the issue of rising problem gambling rates.

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