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You’re Never Alone With A Casino

by | 13th, March 2007

poker-dogs.jpg YOU’RE never alone with a casino. So says the advert.

From September, casinos, betting shops and internet gaming sites in the UK will be able to advertise on radio and TV. Gambling advertising has been limited to billboards and print.

Good news for the gambling industry, which seeks to profit from the Gambling Act. And, one imagines, good news for broadcasters now able to earn from the industry.

Perhaps this will encourage ITV to do away with its phoneline quizzes, which can resemble the back-of-the-suitcase game of Find The Lady as contestants try to find Rawl Plugs and a balaclava in a woman’s handbag.

But not everyone is happy. And in the Mail there are dark warnings from the Church.

Toby Scott, a spokesman for the Methodist Church, tells the paper: “The whole purpose of these adverts is to encourage more people to gamble.”

Who says the Church does not have its finger on the cultural pulse?

He goes on: “The fear is that with more people taking part in gambling there will be more people who develop a gambling problem. That in turn could lead to more families suffering, because the money they need

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