‘Screw Gamblers’, said Aussie gambling boss

Aussie gaming giant Tattersall’s has been shook to its foundations after allegations that its former boss boasted about “screwing” problem gamblers until he was forced to stop.

The claims against Duncan Fischer were brought by ex-executive Phil Ryan.

"The chief executive's response to the Government's concerns about problem gambling was that he was going to, and I quote, screw the problem gamblers for as long as he could until he was forced to stop by government legislation," said Mr Ryan of an alleged meeting in 2002 at a parliamentary gambling licence inquiry.

Mr Ryan also claims that Tattersall’s held private meeting with rival Tabcorp about colluding on the gaming licence renewal process and destroyed documents containing details of problem gamblers.

Mr Fischer and Tabcorp have denied the allegations.

"I would never, ever say things like that. I don't know what he's talking about," Mr Fischer said.

Mr Ryan also alleged that the company put profits ahead of player protection after the company took the advice of its legal team and binned a poker machine loyalty tracking system because it could lead to the possibility of court action.

Mr Ryan left Tattersall’s in 2002 and is now working for the Responsible Gaming Networks, of which he is the founder.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-02-15 11:15:52

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