07 Aug '11, 9pm

'Responsible gambling' is ad angerous ploy

Recently, I attended a forum on responsible gambling and gaming. The term "responsible gambling" refers to judicious engagement in games of chance. One forum speaker explained the concept well with a diagram of three boxes, from "no gambling" to "healthy gambling" to "problem gambling". Responsible gambling is depicted as the middle stage, where one gambles moderately without adverse consequences from going overboard and becoming obsessed with gambling. The forum discussed how the industry can promote responsible gambling. For gambling operators, this is known as "responsible gaming", which covers areas such as codes of conduct, programmes for vulnerable players, ethical marketing and fair gaming. As I listened, I wondered if gambling can, indeed, be responsible. How can a person be responsible if he engages in an activity where the dice are loaded against him, knowing tha...

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