American Gaming AssocResponsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) was created by the AGA in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling among gaming industry employees and customers and to promote responsible gaming nationwide.

The AGA and the entire gaming industry realize that education is essential to promoting responsible play and increasing awareness of gambling disorders, and RGEW provides gaming companies with an opportunity to expand on work they do every day educating employees and patrons about the issue.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce its support and recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) from Aug. 1-5, 2016. RGEW was developed by the American Gaming Association in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling among gaming industry employees and customers, and to promote responsible gaming nationwide.

PlayMyWayGive Massachusetts anf the Massachusetts Gaming Commission credit. In an effort to raise awareness for RGEW, MGC has partnered with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and Plainridge Park Casino (PPC) to promote a week-long series of “PlayMyWay” – themed initiatives. These activities are intended to educate the public about responsible gaming and to highlight the resources available. The “PlayMyWay Everyday” theme was inspired by the recent launch of the PlayMyWay program, a responsible gaming initiative that provides casino patrons with a voluntary option to budget and track their play at Plainridge Park Casino. The new PlayMyWay program is the latest tool added to MGC’s wide-ranging and unique responsible gaming framework known as GameSense.

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In a press release, MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden said, “Massachusetts is fortunate to have collaborative partnerships focused on a shared goal of furthering responsible gaming advocacy and preventing unintended negative consequences of gambling. I’d like to commend the Mass Council of Compulsive Gambling and Plainridge Park Casino for their coordination and enthusiastic support of Responsible Gaming Education Week and for their commitment to the spirit of this week throughout the year.”

“We’re pleased to join MGC and Plainridge Park Casino to raise awareness that, while gambling is not a risk free activity, we have innovative strategies here in Massachusetts like PlayMyWay and GameSense that help inform players about their budget and play behavior to assist them in making informed decisions about their entertainment. The GameSense staff is an invaluable resource for information, self-excluding, or signing up for PlayMyWay today and every day,” said Marlene Warner, Executive Director, Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling.

massachusetts-to-pilot-new-tool-to-limit-gambling-losses“As the Commonwealth’s first casino, we want everyone to know that we take this issue very seriously and are pleased to support the work of the MGC and Mass Council on Compulsive Gaming in promoting awareness of responsible gaming,” said Lance George, General Manager of Plainridge Park Casino.

Take the time to check your gambling interests.  Take advantage of educational offerings.  Problem gambling is a serious problem for many people, which then affects friends and family as well.

Be sure that your gambling is recreational, and under control – for your sake and for the sake of those around you.