Australian Casinos Unable to Implement Responsible Gambling

australian casino gamblingThe Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation or VCGLR has published another review about the casino operations of Crown Melbourne. Overall, 20 recommendations have been made and out of which only 11 are referred to as “responsible gaming”.

The review was released in August this year and it clearly shows that Crown Melbourne Casino, which is the flagship casino of Crown Resorts under the Australian Casinos, has failed to live up to the expectations.

This news further aggravates the situation for Crown Melbourne as the casino is embroiled after a whistleblower levelled accusations for gross misconduct. According to the report, it was said that the casino helped the players with picks that are designed for keeping the slot machines buttons in a press down position.

There was another accusation for slot machine tampering which resulted in a fine of $300,000 by VCGLR. In another disturbing revelation, ALH which is known as the biggest operator for gaming machines in Australia admitted they were spying on players and gave them incentives for continuous play.

Department of Justice and Regulation Victoria

Responsible gambling is not just any feel-good buzzing phrase or is it? It is an important core government policy of Australia dating back to the early 1990s. The idea was developed by the industry for spreading gambling throughout the countries across the globe.

By making use of responsible and effective gambling policies, the casino operators were able to avoid strict regulations which would have set the place for combating the gambling problems. Amongst other important things, the operators had to post all kinds of warning messages and eliminate people who showed signs of problem gambling and addiction.

According to research, it is found that the majority of the gambling policies are not effective at all. In fact, the policies are often referred to as “smokescreen” and are often associated as an ambulance waiting at the bottom of the cliff instead of building a fence at the top. The gambling proponents are of the opinion that problem gambling only affects a small group of people who are unable to control themselves.

Damage Done by Problem Gamblers

It is an irrefutable fact that actions of the problem gamblers especially affect people who are around them. According to a recent study, it was found that a gambling addict affects the lives of at least 6 people while moderate risk problem gamblers affect the lives of 3 people around them. There are low-risk gamblers who affect the life of at least 1 person around them.

How to Fix the Problem?

There is no single remedy to this problem but the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation feels that the casinos need to make some efforts for promoting decent gambling even if it affects their bottom-line.

The Australian gambling commission wants all its casinos to undergo and implement real-time analysis for identifying the problem gamblers. It further wants the casinos to have trained people and professionals who are able to identify and spot the gambling addicts on the casino floor and eliminate them from further playing.


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