Controversy Surround Casino Comp Cards
When the Pennsylvania slot parlors open, count on seeing a lot of reward cards floating around. Denise Pavao/Fall River, Massachusetts: "As you play, you stick your card in the machine and it gives you comp points back. " Bill Kearney, a former gambling addict, says those comp points lead some people into problems. Bill Kearney/Former Gambler: "That's their bait to get you in. That's what justifies your spending. " He says the more you spend, the more comps you get and the more hooked on gambling you become.
"The problem is because you're getting something you don't feel the pain. " Last year Pennsylvania State Representative Paul Clymer proposed a bill that would require casino operators to send monthly statements to all reward card holders. Something Kearney strongly supports. "This would include the amount of time you played, how much you won, how much you lost. " Supporters hope the constant reminder would help people catch a gambling problem before it gets out of control.