Forty-eight people have been trespassed from Auckland’s SkyCity Casino in recent years for leaving their children alone in places like cars in the car park, hotel rooms, or on the street while they gambled, Newshub reports. Associate Professor Maria Bellringer, director of Auckland University of Technology’s Gambling & Addiction Research Centre, says pokies are designed by psychologists to keep people playing and addicts completely lose track of time. “[They] forget what’s going on around them.” This includes their children, she says, something that concerns her.

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