Gambling firms under scrutiny for 'enticing' loss-making customers

Exclusive: betting firms’ VIP loyalty schemes show sector is ‘merely paying lip service to safer gambling’

Betting firms are recruiting specialist staff to lure high-spending “VIP” customers who lose significant sums of money, prompting concerns about the industry’s commitment to promote safer gambling, say experts.

VIP schemes have been cited in a succession of cases in which addicts were showered with free gifts as they racked up thousands of pounds of losses. But midway through the industry’s Responsible Gambling week a Guardian analysis of jobs websites suggests gambling firms have no plans to rein in the loyalty schemes.

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What are the risk for Rams/Chiefs players to play over there in a week?— Ulises Harada en modo NFL 2019 (@ulisesharada) November 10, 2018 Despite the stadium laying new sod down the Tuesday before the Monday night game, the league decided to move the game to LA. Needless to say, the league was hesitant to bring a game back to the stadium a year later. To ensure that a late relocation didn’t happen again, the NFL set some ground rules in the weeks leading up to the game. Via the Kansas City Star: 1) They would hire a field consultant to take monthly visits to Mexico City to check on the field. He or she would collaborate with stadium management and return with pictures, detailed reports and recommendations. 2) Volume. Televisa would scale back the events it hosted leading up to Monday’s game, reserving the stadium only for regularly-scheduled soccer matches as the football game drew near. 3) A backup plan. Together, the organizations would plant a sod farm nearby. 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