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NEW ZEALAND LAND OPERATOR UNDER FIRE FOR FREE-PLAY ONLINE WEBSITE
16th June, 2015 at 09:41:01
SkyCity denies "grooming" future gamblers.
The New Zealand publication Stuff reports that land casino operator SkyCity is already attracting flak soon after launching a free-to-play online gaming website.
The company has been accused by local Problem Gambling Association chief Graeme Ramsey of "grooming" visitors and introducing them to gambling with its free-play selection of slots, poker and blackjack at Skycityonline, where an age limit of 20 years is enforced.
Countering the claim, a SkyCity spokesman said the website's mission was to provide free fun and entertainment for visitors, a justification that Ramsay rejected, saying: "I don't for a second believe this is altruistic."
He added that although the content was free, it encouraged visitors to explore gambling and was purely a promotional venture and a fresh way in which to advertise gambling.
The SkyCity response to this was that there are no plans to morph the free-play offer into real-money gambling, and all promotion of the new site has been restricted to SkyCity's existing player base.
"SkyCity has not advertised the site beyond its existing customer base and has no plans to move to a 'real money' gaming site
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