SkyCity In Trouble Over Texts to Barred Gamblers

Sky City has enacted an exclusion program, in which individuals who exhibit addictive behaviour are barred from various Sky City Casino locations. However, one individual has been ‘coaxed’ back into gambling at the casino, thanks to a number of text messages from the operator.

Selina Watson and her husband, Richard, spent over $50 million at Sky City Casinos over the course of the past few years. Richard Watson is currently in jail, having been sentenced to six years after stealing over $5 million from his employer. Subsequently, the couple was barred from Sky City Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton. Should they have attempted to enter the casinos, they would have been charged with trespassing.

Now, it has been revealed that Sky City has allegedly attempted to ‘lure’ Selina Watson back to the casino with a number of promotional texts. The issue was brought to the attention of the Department of Internal Affairs, which could jeopardize the casino operator’s host responsibilities.

Sky City Casinos has apologized to Selina Watson and asks any other barred gamblers to come forward if they have received similar texts. The operator states that the texts were a result of a computer glitch.

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