Former VIP Gambler Bites Back At A Segment Under Threat

With the entire idea of VIP gambling currently under intense scrutiny in the UK, an ex-gambling addict and current campaigner has questioned the ethics of rewarding high-rollers to an audience of Gambling Commission officials.

"When I hear 'VIP' I just think, 'mug punter'," said Tony Parente, a former gambling addict who now works with charity Gordon Moody on education initiatives around the UK and was also the subject of a recent BBC Panorama documentary on problem gambling.

Parente, who says he is not anti-gambling, nevertheless believes that the reliance of UK operators on a small group of high spending players should be closely examined.

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