04 May, 2009
Alberta, Canada is thinking about issuing smart cards to gamblers in order to help those who may have gambling problems, according to a Casino Gambling Web report.
The cards would be loaded with a playing amount of money from the gambler and would shut down once the money is lost, or, when a certain amount of time has passed. The player would set the parameters for the card.
“We are considering that (smart cards), there are some drawbacks to it that we need to address,” said Fred Lindsay, the provincial gaming minister, in an interview with CBC News, “When you use the card systems it also tends out to be a promotional tool for the casinos.”
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