New Zealand Charges Worker With Allowing Problem Gambling

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This week a manager of a gambling operation in New Zealand was charged with allowing a problem gambler to wager at his premises.

The man was charged under the Gambling Act, which stipulates that employees are required to try and identify problem betting and offer to help. The employee reportedly didn't intervene when an addicted gambler was betting, even though he noticed the activity. If he is found guilty, the employee could receive a fine of up to $5,000 and will have a criminal record, which would bar him from working in a gambling business.

Speaking about the case Department of Internal Affairs Gambling Group Director Chris Thornborough said, "Venues have a legal responsibility to look after their gambling patrons, just like they do when serving alcohol."

"We will not back away from prosecuting in cases where we have evidence to suggest that staff in gambling venues have failed to take all of the reasonable steps necessary to identify and look after problem gamblers. We will not stand by and watch as venues ignore patrons showing signs of problem gambling."

"Everyone working in gambling venues across New Zealand needs to take their harm minimisation role seriously."

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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3 April 2019 - 1:04pm

There's just one thing I can't understand in come the employee have to take all the responsibility for a problem gambler making stakes and not the house, his/hers employer as well I mean these people have been allowed to enter the casino at first place!?!

So in that regard the local Gambling Act doesn't seem to be too fair..well at least for me...otherwise the worker should take his part of the guilt as well of course.

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4 April 2019 - 4:04am

I agree, the company itself should bear most of the responsibility. Of course the employees need to implement the rules and restrict problem gamblers as they are at the coal face - but surely it comes down the company setting guidelines on how and what employees should be doing in regards to problem gamblers.


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4 April 2019 - 12:55pm

I agree with you both. The casino should bear the brunt of the responsibility, unless there is something that was very egregious on the worker's part.