New Zealand Prime Minister Defends SkyCity's Video Poker Machines

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key dismissed critics who said that SkyCity Auckland's permit to add 500 poker machines will increase problem gambling.

Speaking to TV ONE's breakfast show, the Prime Minister said: "Even if you turn the whole lot off, New Zealanders will do what they're doing today and that is log into the internet and gamble online".

The concerns of increased problem gambling were raised by the Green Party, who say that more gambling machines will raise the possibility of more people becoming addicted to gambling.

Some claim that the casino was allowed to install the extra machines because they built a national convention center. Those claims have been dismissed by the Prime Minister, who claims that SkyCity put in the most feasible proposal that required the least support from the government.

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