Gambling in Alberta is about to get a whole lot easier. According to officials, the province has been approved to run 24-hour slot machines in Alberta. While gamblers may be jumping for joy at this news, addiction experts are a little worried. 

According to the Calgary Sun, experts with Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis have stated that casinos in the province will now be allowed to run 24-hour slot machines. 

A spokesperson with the association told the Calgary Sun that numerous casino operators were calling for this regulation change.

It seems as though the requests were answered and now, casinos in the province will be able to apply to the AGLC to extend their hours. 

While the agency has changed its regulations, it is entirely up to the individual casinos if they want to take advantage of this or not. 

Right now, casinos in the province operate slot machines from 10 a.m to 3 a.m. with liquor sales ending at 2 a.m.

As of now, there is no timeline as to when this 24-hour regulation will come into effect. 

An expert in the psychology of gaming addicts has explained to the Calgary Sun that there are a number of concerns with this as closing hours are important because they are a way to break the cycle of continuous gambling. 

David Hodgins also stated that this change is concerning as slots are the “most problematic” form of gambling due to their easy accessibility, small loss and gain amounts, and instantaneous results. 

“At AGLC, being responsible means providing policies, regulations, program tools and resources that educate and inform Albertans on responsible gambling,” writes the AGLC website

According to the Edmonton Journal, there are 27 casinos across the province with the majority being in Edmonton and Calgary. 

A number of these casinos are open 24 hours a day with fully operational poker tables. 

Though gambling is a fun activity for some, it can be an addictive and problematic hobby for others.

In fact, there is an organization called the Problem Gambling Resources Network Alberta. The network’s website explains that “Problem gamblers come from all segments of the population, live in all regions of the province and include men and women of all ages and all socio-economic backgrounds.”

As for the rest of the country, just one month ago, a man in Ontario sued a casino for almost $1 million because “they allowed him to lose.”

The man lost $300,000 in just two days. 

To put that into perspective, there are literally homes in Ontario that are under the amount of money he lost. 

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