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P. Hofbauer questions restaurant casinos in Sweden
Patrik Hofbauer, the CEO of Svenska Spel, expressed his concern about the Swedish model of casino and restaurant claiming that they do not follow rules and are not regulated well enough.
Hofbauer questioned the operation of Restaurant casinos in Sweden, which are casinos located in establishments with liquor licenses.
Patrik expressed his dissatisfaction on Svenska Spel’s corporate blog, and criticized both the separate rules of restaurant casinos, and the missing official data, as they can cause money laundering and addiction.
“Swedish restaurant casinos have almost 375 permits. The statistics on restaurant casinos’ players who are at risk is missing, as it is not included into the official data of the authorities.
As it is known people who suffer with gambling problems frequently have some mixed addictions and play different types of games in different places. There is a possibility that the similar sample is observed among the casino restaurants’ visitors. Without control, there is no control.”
– Patrik highlighted.
Aside from the points mentioned above, Patrik also expressed concern over the sum of money gamblers spend while playing. He stated that the limit is between 75 and 236 Swedish krona each hand, which may appear small, but thousands may be spent in minutes.
A high roller is not going to play just once. According to Spelfriheten, many people who have addiction problems, explained that the blackjack table becomes way more attention grabbing than the dance floor, after they have consumed alcohol, wrote Hofbauer.
The famous CEO finished his complaints by demanding to bring some changes for operators, especially when it comes to reasonable gaming for example self-exclusion, when casino restaurants’ rules are not as strict as they should be.