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Super-Casinos wreck lives

A massive increase in gambling addiction and the
wholesale economic and social destruction of already
deprived communities – that’s what’s in store across
the country if Super-Casinos take hold.

The Gambling Act 2005 will create a new type of
extremely addictive gambling experience – the Super-Casino - the like of which our country’s gamblers have never seen before.

As a result of heavy lobbying by large American
Super-Casino operators, and a one-sided public
debate about their effects, local councils were last year
falling over themselves to be the first to host one of
the new Super-Casinos. Tthe final report of the Casino Advisory Panel recommended that Manchester City Council should license the first Super-Casino.

What is a Super-Casino?

A Super-Casino is defined in the Gambling Act as somewhere with up to 1250 of the new and especially addictive ‘Category A‘ machines – with unlimited stakes
and prizes – that are widely blamed for much of the
worst problems associated with gambling addiction.
Super Casinos will have unlimited roulette and other gaming tables, as well as bars, restaurants, hotels
and shops attached.

The damage they do

We are all familiar with the pictures of the Las
Vegas strip – bright flashing lights, limousines, an air
of glamour. The truth is that when you introduce
these vast gambling complexes into places where
they did not previously exist the effects are extremely
harmful. If we take the example of Atlantic City in the
US, which was opened up to Super-Casinos in the
1980s, we see that:

  • Local companies – shops, restaurants and hotels
    - are driven out of business. How can they compete
    with free hotel rooms, free food and free drink
    that are the norm in Super-Casinos?

  • Potential investors are deterred from coming to that area, because crime and anti-social behaviour go up

  • These effects are impossible to reverse

Indeed, as the New Jersey Governors Advisory Commission on Gambling finally admitted in 1988: ‘It is clear that retail businesses and retail employment in
Atlantic City have continued to decline despite the
presence of gambling and that rampant speculation has rendered the redevelopment of vast parts of Atlantic
City difficult if not impossible.’

Key facts:

  • Research has indicated that the number of problem
    gamblers will increase by 38 per cent as a direct
    result of Super-Casinos being created

  • Industry estimations based on a minimal capital
    cost of £150 million for each Super-Casino suggest
    that with an estimated turnover of £90 million,
    pre VAT, and profits of £22.5 million, a Super-Casino
    will suck around £100 million out of the local

  • The problems created by a Super-Casino would cost the host town or city as much as £60m to tackle

  • According to one report published earlier this year, the jobs created by new Super-Casinos will simply be displaced from elsewhere in the economy

  • Super-Casinos will not create new money – they will transport money from some of Britain’s poorest communities to profits for large American corporations

Find out more

The following sites have a lot of information about the damage Super-Casinos threaten to do to your

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Category A machines

• Unlimited stakes and prizes

• Untried and untested in
the UK

• Gambling Bill impact assessment suggested
Category A machines may
lead to an increase in
problem gambling

• Unrestricted access to
high stakes gaming is particularly damaging to
people vulnerable to
problem gambling

• They will only be available
in Super-Casinos –
increasing the risk of
problem gambling in this
new venue
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