Plainridge Park Casino is celebrating it’s one year anniversary. Tomorrow, NETG will post a page of previous posts marking the year that was in Plainville, Massachusetts where the Pilgrim state’s first casino was built as part of the Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act in passed in 2011.
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“We will continue to work with our licensees and our partners to design and implement the most comprehensive and effective responsible gaming program in the country,” said MGC Chairman Steve Crosby. “The development, launch and ongoing assessment of PlayMyWay is a team effort and I’d like to extend our appreciation to Scientific Games, Plainridge Park Casino, the Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance for their continued collaboration and cooperation.”
Does it work?
“Pre-commitment Gaming Technology” has had mixed results in the countries where it has been deployed, including Australia, where the video poker machines are routinely deemed a national scourge, and in this country, video poker is sometimes called the “gateway” machine to addiction. The American Gaming Association has expressed doubts about Play My Way’s potential effectiveness but the MGC is determined to gauge the results for themselves.
Whether it’s effective or not, it is a positive attempt by the MGC to help gamblers help themselves from addiction. At least there is something in place to help curb possible addiction.
Assuming Play My Way is found to have some value in curbing gambling excesses, the state’s other casinos – MGM Resorts’ MGM Springfield, Wynn Resorts’ Wynn Boston Harbor and the Mashpee Wampanoag’s First Light Casino – would be required to implement the system when their facilities open.
The cost of implementing this first trial is being paid for from the initial application and casino license fees set up by the MGC. Implementation by Scientific Gaming at Plainridge should be easier than at the other three casinos. As long as MGM Springfield, Wynn Boston Harbor and the Mashpee Wampanoag’s First Light Casino build with this in mind, refitting after the MGC confirms it as a successful trial
The bottom line is that if it helps, it’s worth it. Enough said. Good Luck Plainridge Park & MGC, your intentions are on the right path.