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Australian Court: Casino Fueled Chronic Gambler's Habit

3 July 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Herald Sun: "Crown casino fuelled a chronic gambler's poker machine addiction with kosher food, a judge said yesterday.

"Orthodox Jew Samuel Roden also scored free concert tickets and was flattered by Crown staff who greeted him by name and showed him to his favourite machine.

"But the freebies proved expensive for the St Kilda East accountant. His gambling cost him his wife, his house and, yesterday in the County Court, his liberty.

"Judge Frank Shelton jailed Roden for a minimum of two years and three months.

"He said Roden had financed his pathological gambling addiction by stealing $1.3 million from a fourth-generation Melbourne company.

"In charge of the company's financial affairs, Roden forged cheques and electronically transferred cash into his personal accounts between November 1996 and February last year.

"…Over four years Roden lost an average of about $900 a day at the casino, which he would visit up to three times a day…"

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