It is becoming increasingly important for the local government to get involved in responsible gambling efforts. For quite some time, the Department of Internal Affairs has sat idly by while suspended poker machines continue their operation, but things are changing. It has recently been announced that poker machines at McGinty’s Turf and Sports Bar, powered by Pub Charity, will be suspended for two days this month.
On July 30 and July 31, the poker machines will be banned from operating. This is the result of one employee’s actions, who failed to place a patron – who had exhibited signs of problem gambling – in a self-exclusion program. The issue was deemed to be the fault of the venue, which had failed to provide adequate training for the employee.
With the local government placing the onus on gambling venues to enforce responsible gambling, it is becoming increasingly important that club owners and operators educate their employees. Since they provide gambling as a service, it is partially their responsibility to ensure that the activity causes minimal harm. In the same way that bartenders are trained to cut off drinks, gaming club employees should be able to enforce safe gambling practices.