Thursday September 21, 2017

Casino for kids opening in Las Vegas

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The world's first casino for children is set to open next week in Las Vegas. It's called El Matador Junior and will welcome gamblers between the ages of eight to 18. We spoke with casino owner, Lyle Taylor, to find out more.

"We live in a town with all of this opportunity for kids to start learning about gambling and get involved in gambling, and yet there's no facility for them to do that," Taylor said. "That's crazy."

He believes that kids are already participating in other forms of gambling through playing video games. His casino, he argues, will educate them about real world of gambling.

"When kids come to my casino, they're going to partake in gambling the way it's meant to be done," Taylor said. "They're going to play some craps, blackjack, try their hands at the slots. I don't know why we're trying to shutter our children from this. Meanwhile, they're playing games on their iPads that are pretty much the same thing."

When asked about the ethics of allowing children to gamble, Taylor said that they will only be allowed to spend a maximum of $50 each day at the casino. He also plans on staffing the entire facility with people below the age of 18. In fact, his eldest child will be the pit boss.

To find out more about the world's first casino for kids, listen to the full interview.