Canada is faced with expanding gambling and that means legislators have to rethink their rules and regulations. Provinces are currently debating the legalities of the hobby. Record numbers of residents are moving into the world of gambling, both in the online market and the land-based casino. It is interesting to watch the numbers. Because of the huge growth in the market, legislators are rushing to alter their rules to accommodate. Recently British Columbia legislators looked to the BC Lottery Corporation to make alterations in current legislation. The current rules are not adequate according to lawmakers within the provinces.
First of all, the self-exclusion rule is up for debate. This is a rule where gamblers with addictions are put on a formal list. Casinos are then tasked with policing the lists and denying casino game access to those with gambling problems. As of late, this self-exclusion rule is working efficiently. People who have problems are either denied at the door, or if they win after playing games, they are denied their money and it is confiscated. It is the casino’s promise to those on the list that they will not be allowed to further move into problems as a result of their gambling addictions.
Second, the self-exclusion list has been less than 100% successful throughout the market. Some gamblers have admitted to being allowed into casinos and being allowed to gamble. Though all were stopped if they won, they still were able to get past security and play for a number of hours on various casino games. Though this may seem like a failure, in reality operators are working to shore up their rules and how to use the self-exclusion list. Critics note that casinos don’t really want gambling addicts to stop gaming. History has shown that those with gambling addictions are the ones to spend the most at gaming. Casinos know this and want to keep the market going. For this reason they allow players to play, but then stop them if they end up winning. Is this fair? Critics say no, but proponents say that losing earnings will deter players from coming back to the casinos that deny them their spoils.