Council Banning New Casinos Asked To Explain Vegas Themed Ball
Sunday 4th January, 2015
After having adopted a No Casino stance in 2014, Swansea Council has recently received some flak for having organised a Vegas-themed Ball for a New Year's Eve event. The casino ban comes amid concerns that gambling could lead to debt, divorce, crime, and stress. The casino ban will not be affecting current casinos but will serve to prevent the operation of new ones. It will be effective for a period of three years and has been in effect since December 2014.
Sketty Councillor Paul Meara is at the head of the calls for explanation, calling the move as inconsistent with the council's policy. "Given the council's stance on gambling and casinos, how does the New Year's Eve Ball with 'Vegas's most famous tribute acts performing live including the king himself, fabulous fun casino including roulette wheels, black jack, slot machines, American craps and our famous wheel of fortune' sit with the Council Policy?", Meara wrote in a letter to the council.
Swansea Council has been quick to defend their position, however, claiming that there will be no actual gambling going on during the event. Labour councillor Mr. Child replied to the query stating "This is a private hire event and as part of the evening's varied programme, and in line with other events of this type, the organiser has included an element of casino style entertainment. Guests play with tokens and fake or "monopoly" type money and no cash changes hands.
The event has since been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.