Airlines to launch in-flight casinos

Air passengers will soon be able to have a flutter on long-haul flights as a number of big airlines have signed up with 888.com to offer an in-flight casino.

The online casino will be featured on the in-flight screens where players can sign-up using their credit card to play traditional casino games such as blackjack, roulette and poker.

Three of the world’s biggest airlines - British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific – have signed up to the scheme, with more expected to follow.

"This will attract more players in more places every day,” said Gigi Levy, 888.com CEO.

However, there are concerns from anti-gambling groups that the in-flight offering could lead to a rise in problem gamblers.

“Clearly these games will attract people sitting on a flight for hours on end who don't normally bother with betting online,” said a spokesman for Gamcare.

"There is a real danger that people who don't normally take an interest in gambling will be attracted to this service.

Gamcare are urging 888 to incorporate a limit on the amount people can bet and spend playing their games.

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