Chips are down for supercasino plan

  MichelleC 11:25 28 Mar 07
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Britain's first supercasino may not happen after all with MPs and peers threatening to block the plans in Parliament. click here

I bet you 20 squid it eventually gets the go-ahead.

  Kate B 11:40 28 Mar 07

And so it should. It will create jobs and generally be a good thing.

  MichelleC 13:53 28 Mar 07

that it will bring employment, regeneration and extra revenue, I am concerned at what real cost.

There is evidence in the US to suggest that extra gambling in various states has increased the social problems too. Like debt, bankrupcies, divorces and suicides. click here
In the UK there is also concern, enough to fund some research into the problem
Problem Gambling And Its Effects click here

There's also a few European countries which seem to acknowledge there's a problem with gambling:

Europe's internal market commissioner, Charlie McCreevy, wants to take action against Germany, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Holland and Hungary for either restricting the advertising and promotion of gambling services or banning the services themselves.
Which indicates to me the commissioner is very keen for this £multi-million business to spread without properly looking at the consequences. click here

  WhiteTruckMan 14:21 28 Mar 07

casino's are synonymous in my mind with crime. Specifically organised crime, but the other kind isnt usually far behind. Whats more, I suspect that I am not in much of a minority in my outlook.

WTM

  amonra 14:39 28 Mar 07

I'm with you WVM, A lot of people get sucked into the system and in the end ONLY the casino wins. Take a stroll in downtown Las Vegas to see the result of gambling, it makes you sick.

  anchor 14:59 28 Mar 07

I am definitely anti super casino, and will be delighted if it gets the thumbs down.

  spuds 15:03 28 Mar 07

Agree with many of the comments raised above. Reading reports on casino's can bring employment for a very few, but it can also bring the darker sides to life in the open.Where there are large amounts of money involved, or the promise of great riches, then only a very few gain actual benefit from it.

But if its going to be another cash cow for the government, then Supercasino may well go ahead, irrespective of what overs may want.

  Kate B 15:12 28 Mar 07

Sorry, I'm libertarian on this. Adults should be able to make up their own minds. A lot of you mutter about the "nanny state" - I think this is one area that the state needs to keep out of. Yes, some people will develop a problem with gambling, but most won't, same as with alcohol.

Regulation is certainly required, but I don't think gambling should be stifled.

  Jak_1 15:39 28 Mar 07

I'm with Kate on this one. WTM, they said the same thing about betting shops (Bookies), but they are everywhere and provide employment with no more organised crime than previous.
Kate is quite right saying that 'Adults should be able to make up there own minds'.
If you say no to casino's/super casino's on the grounds that people will become addicted to them is being very nannyist. Would you have all pubs, clubs and tobaconists closed on the same premis? If you say yes to that then it is being very 'ostrich like' in thinking! This is a free country, so they say, therefore on that premis we have the right to chose as an individual whether or not to use these facilities.

  Jak_1 15:46 28 Mar 07

I am definitely anti super casino, and will be delighted if it gets the thumbs down.

For what reason? If you do not want to use them, you don't have to but stop those who do from enjoying them? People have a choice, no one is going to be forced to use them!

  MichelleC 17:46 28 Mar 07

...For what reason? If you do not want to use them, you don't have to but stop those who do from enjoying them? People have a choice, no one is going to be forced to use them!...

That's very true, too. But many people are prone to use these places either as a means to win back the money they've already lost, or as a leisure facility which seduces them into parting with their money.

We used to be neighbours with a youngish, struggling family who's only breadwinner lost the housekeeping in the bookies a few times.

I know they'll always be sob stories surrounding gambling, but they'll just be lots more of them if we encourage gambling too much.

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