Friday 24 November 2017

The dark heart of the big bookies' dark trade

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

I think we have been here before. Last week, the British papers reported the latest scandal to afflict the betting corporations with headlines such as: "Paddy Power encouraged gambler until he lost his home, jobs, and family".

A report by the Gambling Commission also noted that the company did not do enough to ensure that its betting machines were not being used for money-laundering.

But it is the image of the unfortunate individual, "Customer A", that is most unsettling - indeed, a shop manager and his staff were rightly concerned with the condition of this man, who was working five separate jobs to feed his addiction, and they shared their concerns with a senior employee who advised that "steps should be taken to try to increase Customer A's visits and time spent in the gambling premises".

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