MGC Leads New England in Addiction Help

Follow the signs of problem gambling.

Once each year, I pause the gambling news and hype to be sure we look at the seriousness of problem gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness month. For the 14th year, PGAM, the Problem Gambling Awareness Month, is a national public awareness and outreach campaign established to bring awareness to issues associated with problem gambling and to also highlight the national and local resources available to provide individuals and families with support.

As any vice/leisure activity allowed in our society, certain responsibilities should be followed.  However, some people are not able to resist the overwhelming dark sides of their actions.  Whether for moral, economic, or basic human caring reasons, we try to provide help to those who cannot help themselves.

Types of Casino Gambling throughout the U.S.

Types of Casino Gambling throughout the U.S.  Massachusetts & D.C. have commercial casinos as of 2017.

You might find it odd to have a post dealing with the “dark side” of gaming, but it is with an objective responsibility that NETime Gambling covers it all, and that includes the awareness of problem gambling. Consider this:

  • According to an info-graphic released by the NCPG, problem gambling accounts for $7 billion in the US annually due to addiction, bankruptcy, and crime.
  • Of the estimated five million Americans who already meet the criteria for gambling addiction, three in four have problems with alcohol, 38 percent use or have used illegal drugs, and 20 percent have attempted or committed suicide.

For more information on problem gambling, go to the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

In recognition of PGAM this year, the  Massachusetts Gaming Commission presents the following initiatives:

  • PREVENT: This month, MGC will introduce an updated version of its Responsible Gaming Framework. Originally published in 2014, the RGF is intended to inform gaming regulation in Massachusetts and provide an overall orientation to the responsible gaming practices and policies adopted by MGC and its licensees. After a comprehensive review process which included participation of independent experts and members of the recovery community, the latest RGF now includes updated key principles, expanded strategies and is grounded in the most up-to-date research.
  • EDUCATE: MGC is currently developing a new marketing and advertising campaign for the GameSense program, MGC’s innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy to encourage responsible play and mitigate program gambling. Expected to launch this summer, the new outreach campaign will extend to Western Massachusetts in anticipation of the MGM Springfield opening.
  • COMMUNICATE: Throughout the month, MGC will implement a targeted social media campaign to increase awareness about problem gambling prevention and the resources available.
  • COLLABORATE: Working closely with MGC, GameSense Advisors at Plainridge Park Casino will conduct a series of training and awareness-building activities for casino employees.
  • RESEARCH: MGC remains committed to its robust research agenda and using findings to further inform problem gambling intervention, prevention and treatment strategies. View MGC’s latest research report about problem gambling. Last month, the MGC released the first significant report of the Massachusetts gaming impact cohort study. Information from this study provides new and much-needed information about problem gambling incidence rates and behavioral trajectory. This study will yield important information leading to tailored treatment and prevention programs.
  • SUPPORT: MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day. On 13 March 2017, the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are sponsoring a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative

Other New England States have the following to help gamblers with addiction problems:

Connecticut – The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling

Rhode Island – Play Responsibly, The Rhode Island Council on Problem Gambling

Maine – Problem Gambling Links at Maine Gov

Help each other if your friends, family or children seem to be spending money they don’t have.  If you have questions or concerns about your own gambling, take the 20 Question Check at Gambler’s Anonymous.  Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry?

Sincerely,

Binbin

 

NETimeGambling.com – Highlights of Last Two Weeks

August has arrived, is it the end of summer?  

Well, let’s take you back a few weeks to the best received posts from the past two weeks, with a gambling riddles intertwined…… courtesy of from http://www.jokes4us.com/dirtyjokes/gamblingjokes.html

SO, HERE’S WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED!

July 20th – MGMSpringfield Resort Success is Crucial For Springfield

A comparison post, MGM Springfield two years ago and the present.

What did the dealer say to the deck of cards? ……..”I can’t deal with you anymore.” 

July 24th – Comped Drink Systems Is a Good Change  

Video Poker Bar

While all the other changes by corporate bean counters has me pulling out the little hair I have left, paying for drinks through play is not so bad in this blogger’s opinion.

What does a BlackJack player eat for dinner…..Whatever his comp card allows him to! 

July 25th – Wynn Boston Harbor Drinking Hours Extended With Opposition

My, My………we have seen the influence of MGM on the Massachusetts legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, now the other casino giant has gotten it’s way through the back door.

Whats the difference between online poker and live poker?…….You can cry after a bad beat online and no one will laugh at you. 

 

 

Aug 1st – Gambling Losing Streaks

7 SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH LOSING STREAKS

 

 

Finally, a quote from Paul Newman  “If you’re playing a poker game and look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you”

Have a great week!

Binbin

Gambling Losing Streaks – Responsible Gaming Education Week

Vegas Vacation

In A Losing Streak?

RESPONSIBLE GAMING EDUCATION WEEK

Leaders of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) joined the American Gaming Association (AGA) this week to highlight the gaming industry’s shared commitment to responsible gaming.

Gaming operators and manufacturers across the United States will commemorate the industry’s responsible gaming efforts by holding dozens of local events and responsible gaming educational activities this week in recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

So, while NETimeGambling.com endorses recreational gambling, it’s always good to remember responible gambling.

NETG & RESPONSIBLE GAMING

When I first started NETG, another blogger posed the following question, “If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?”

For me, this blog is a means to inform as a resource. More than anything I wish gamblers understood the logistics behind the gaming industry and losing. With the wrong expectations, a losing streak is a difficult thing to deal with – it becomes very personal. We bring a certain amount, whether it be $20, $200, $2000, or more, and it can be gone in a New York minute – and there you are, a quick losing streak changing your expectations, your feelings, and possibly your behavior.

Now what do you do?  When your gambling becomes a streak of losing, what do you do to change your “luck?” How do you handle that pit in your stomach?

HOW DO YOU REACT?

BankrollDo you go on “TILT?” According to Bill Burton in his article “Losing Streaks: How To Survive,” “going on tilt is the expression used when poker players become upset and lose control of their emotions. Consequently they start making poor decisions and play badly and irrationally. Going on tilt is not confined just to poker players. Anyone who gambles on any casino game can find themselves on tilt. Once a player starts losing money they are a prime candidate. They have lost money and they try to make it back quickly by raising the size of their bets or playing a higher denomination slot machine. This will usually just lead to more losses.”

Sometimes a player will get to the point where they just don’t care how much money they have lost. But, for most of us, it does matter. Understand that casinos are very profitable businesses. They make money that is coming from the players pockets. Few people win. Most lose. Gambling is for fun. If it makes you feel bad, and cannot accept the fact that you’ll probably lose, do something else in your free time!lottery

7 SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH LOSING STREAKS

Losing can become purely an emotional response.  I try to remind myself the following:

  1. I came with money that I could spend on the recreational pleasure of gambling. When it’s gone, I’m done. And a 10% win on the day’s Bankroll is a good day for any recreational gambler.  Consider going home with money in your pocket, win or lose.
  2. The casino will win, the house edge is real and getting worse every year as casinos tighten machines, game rules, and paytables.
    6:5 Blackjack

    Dont play Blackjack that pays 6:5 on all blackjacks! Just don’t!

    Learning to accept it is the first step to dealing with losing.  Even better, look for the best table rules, the best paytables, and higher denomination slots to help your gambling duration and “win-a-bility.”

  3. If I win big, or lose big, I need to admit that anything CAN happen. The end result, AS LONG AS MONEY SPENT IS DISCRETIONARY, NOT YOUR FAMILY’S BUDGET $$, must be accepted.  When you’re not in a good frame of mind and on a losing streak, put down your drink, don’t carry on and calmly leave. Jessica Cheng, Brand Ambassador at 777DragonCasino.com, says,”…we have a chance at winnings and a chance at losing – it’s just the nature of the game.
    Losing at Gambling?

    Losing at Gambling?

    But there is no reason to slip into a depression and refuse to ever go gambling again. Just recoup, maybe take a break and gather yourself again, sit on a little bit of a tight budget for the next month and then when you feel ready, try again.” However, I would emphasize wait and “sit on a little bit of a tight budget for the next month…” 

  4. Repeat after me…..We must ALWAYS use our Rewards Card.  At least get something for your money. A comp of any size could give yourself the break that you need, whether it’s an outright comp gift or from your own hard-earned comp points.
  5. NEVER GO TO THE CASINO TO GET AWAY FROM PROBLEMS, NEVER GO TO THE CASINO WHEN YOU’RE ANGRY, UPSET, OR DEPRESSED. 
  6. If you have lost A LOT of money (which could mean anything to anyone, but I mean a good chunk over hours of play),  do what Richard Munchkin, Author of Gambling Wizards and cohost of cover170x170Gambling With an Edge (an excellent podcast and highly recommended for Advantage & recreational players alike). “The most important thing AFTER a big loss” he says “is to contact a casino host and ask for some money back. This is called a loss rebate, but it is only for BIG losses……Bottom line – try to get some of your money back by asking a host. If you can’t get cash try for show tickets, fight tickets, or whatever they will give you. By the way – the term “ton of money” is relative. If your ‘ton’ is $500 then you may only get a comp for 2 to the buffet.”  Remember, unless you ask, you can’t get anything!
  7. Fluctuations are to be expected, depending on the EV (expected Value) of the game your playing.  See the cartoon above and read again. Don’t expect your money to last on a slot machine like it would on a Video Poker machine with perfect strategy.  And yet, fluctuations will happen, no matter what the EV is. There are advantages to playing any game – just be knowledgeable and accept the consequences of lower EV games.

Remember, gambling is like any recreational pleasure – it can create a rush of adrenaline and release of endorphin to our human brain that some of us can’t handle well. Before I end, I must repeat what is in the side panel of this blog daily: Gambling Addiction is a serious illness progressive in its nature. It affects the person who gambles as well as many around them – family, co-workers and friends. If you wonder if the fun has stopped, and the compulsiveness has begun, go to the following Gamblers Anonymous site and answer a quick 20 questions. It may save your life.

Go to Gamblers Anonymous.org and take a 20-questions quiz if you wonder why it isn’t fun anymore.

Be in control.  I wish for safe, healthy and fun gambling for us all, win or lose.  JUST REMEMBER, KEEP WITHIN YOUR FINANCIAL MEANS AND HAVE FUN.

Binbin

7 GAMBLING TIPS for RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING (With Help From “Cool Catsino Cats.”)

Just about everyone gambles in one form or another in their day to day lives.  Some gambling involves money, but many of us gamble in our every day activities, such as accelerating through that yellow light, or driving 20 MPH over the speed limit.  Each has its own degree of risk and consequences.

Cat Advantage Player

Cat Advantage Player

Professional gamblers who have been able to gamble for a living and not fall into the dark side of addiction, know the importance of knowing how they personally react to the rush of winning and the down side of losing. Professionals also are able to detach a lot of the emotion – after all, to the pro, it’s a business.  For the recreational gambler, it can be difficult keep those fiery endorphins stable.

For today, I have some simple tips to help being a responsible gambler.  While many have a fun, exciting gambling experience without them, take a look at the following tips so you can enjoy gambling without putting yourself at risk for problem gambling.

Our “Cool NETG Gambling Cats” will help add to our suggestions.

TIPS to the RECREATIONAL GAMBLER – GAMBLING RESPONSIBLY

  1. Have the right attitude – gamble for fun and entertainment.  Cat playing pokerIf you are considering playing poker, video poker, blackjack (probably the only casino games you could make a living in), be well-practiced, well-funded, and strategically perfect – that’s all!  Otherwise, keep it as a leisurely activity.
  2. Set a limit on how much money and time you can afford to spend gambling. Try not to change this limit while you play.  If so, it must the next bankroll negatively or put off your next gambling trip.Credit card Cat
  3. Leave any extra cash at home, and think twice about taking your bank and credit cards with you. When you run out of money, don’t borrow from family, friends or others so you can keep gambling.
  4. Don’t gamble for comps.  Gambling for comps is a rabbit hole that will swallow up extra money you didn’t expect to spend.  Comps will accumulate.  Check rewards clubs for the best deals, and compare to the best games, or an experience you prefer.  Then, just let it happen.
  5. Plan for sessions by bankroll increments, not by time. Have a clear plan on what you will do if you spend all that money sooner than expected.  Eat, walk, people watch?  Something to lengthen the time between sessions.  Or, there’s another option – go home.cat at poker
  6. Know your reason for gambling and how much it costs to play per hour on the games you enjoy.  While you win sometimes, you also lose, so it is important to know the average cost per hour. Click HERE for your free chance to calculate your own cost of play, provided by the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba.Cat playing soccer
  7. Balance gambling with other leisure activities.Gambling shouldn’t be the only activity you do in your spare time.  Other activities can blur into other casino events, such as culinary interest, music performance, and sports.

Finally, if you gamble on a regular basis, keep track of the money you spend. Most people would never think to keep track.  It’s no fun to track your gambling, and lets face it, most of us are just TOO lazy.  Statistics don’t lie. Print out the NETG Gambling Log 3 to keep track – it will help you to keep a realistic record of your gambling expenses. Remember, a simple log is not to be used if you claim gambling losses for your taxes.  A much more specific log of your gambling is needed.  

We hope this helps.

Binbin

Don’t Let Casino Trickery Turn You Into an Irresponsible Players

Oh, those who think that casinos should run their business and still let everyone win – and still pay the bills! Human beings are becoming so entitled. If you ask casino patrons on a bad streak, they will say the casino is up to something – they aren’t winning – and it’s the casino’s fault.

Listen, casino gambling is a recreational activity, with the vast majority of games offered having a skewed advantage to the house – we all know it, we just sit at that slot machine, riding that trip down the river of denial.

An article by Dr. Harrigan, the lead researcher and contact person for the University of Waterloo Problem Gambling Research Team. His primary research interest is in gambling addictions with a focus on why so many slot machine gamblers become addicted. In his article, he deals with many factors that the “Casino Industry” is basically trying to make addicts out of all of us – real, concerning, and a serious topic for potentially addictive gamblers.

So, how do casinos entice the individual gambler into gambling more? One way, to reference Dr. Harrigan’s article, is that the casino is not truthful about how much the slot machine pays. I’ve got news for you – hold on to your hat – that’s why it’s called “gambling!”

Big Win – Everytime?

Dr. Harrigan’s article says “…..on modern slot machines, half of ‘wins’ are actually net losses. An example would be a $1 bet with a 30¢ payoff. This is a loss of 70¢, but the machine shows bright graphics and makes sounds announcing a win. Researchers call these events Losses Disguised as Wins (LDWs) and have clearly shown that players experience these as actual wins, giving the players the (incorrect) positive feelings that they are winning.”

No kidding. The invention of video slots gave the impression of lots of small hits instead of waiting longer for bigger hits in reels. Bonuses also play in this game – individual hits can be small more often due to the chance and volatility of hitting a bigger bonus. We all wait to hit THE BIG ONE! Lotteries, the worst odds of all, wouldn’t be so popular – but we want the chance to hit the BIG ONE! In the longer run, the real problem is that the payout percentage continues to be lower throughout the country. Why? Because as a culture, we still intend on being constantly entertained, so it doesn’t matter to most players. We know the games pay less – but we like the fun, so we play them anyway. Why would so many people settle for 6/5 blackjack? or 6/5 JOB Video poker? Or Keno?

Caveman Keno

Doesn’t the responsibility on which games to gamble on rest on the shoulders of the gambler? YES!

Shouldn’t gamblers that play often be responsible enough to KNOW the best games, best strategies, and the pitfalls of high casino-advantage games? YES

So, be aware of the “tricks” (or maybe they are just good business practice) and take responsibility for your gaming. If it’s not fun anymore, contact GA, tell the casino to not allow your entrance (which casinos do to help addicted gamblers any time you feel you can’t control staying away) and seek help.

It’s not a black and white situation. It is neither solely the casino’s fault or the addict’s – it’s a gray area, more complex than any single blog could summarize.

So, be careful, be smart, be knowledgeable, and go to the casino with a money management plan for your visit every single time. This way you limit the “trickery” of those casinos, and also help to either leave with money, or at least lengthen your bankroll’s life.

That’s all for now.

Binbin

3 Casino Facts for the Recreational Gambler – Acceptance Is The Key

When players talk about their gambling experiences, so many times I have to laugh at the things they say. Aside from the nonsensical myths and mathematical proven superstitions that permeate the gambler-sphere, three things seem to be heard the most”

1) Casinos signs exclaiming “millions of dollars paid out!”  – The implication is that players at “XYZ” Casino will be winners.  Look at what has been paid out! (as the numbers keep scrolling higher). How could you not choose XYZ casino to play at?

Just once, I’d like to see another sign next to it showing the money being made by the casino’s games in real time – guess would show a higher number?

2) People who say they rarely lose. LOL! There seems to be so many of these people that I’m surprised casinos are still in business.  Usually I hear it from a third party – “My wife never loses at slots – it’s uncanny.”  “My brother-in-law told me his cousin’s sister always wins at blackjack.”

I refuse to believe it.  Sure, there are lucky sessions, and lucky people, but even playing a $5 slot machine at an approximate house advantage of 95% is going to end up biting you in the butt in the long run.  And if you are an Advantage Player playing blackjack and winning, well, FYI – surveillance is getting better and better.  The few truly good pros (AP’s) are eventually found out, blacklisted, forced to grinding it out at smaller casinos all over the country, or eventually made to retire as authors, presenters or podcast experts.  The fact is it is getting more difficult to win – lower VP pay tables, confusing bonus slots with higher volatility, and new table games without knowledge of correct strategies all lead to a road to ruin.  So how can there be so many winners?

3) The final gambler babble I hear  is both laughable and yet serious. It concerns those people who are so unhappy that they never win – and yet they continue to play – unhappily.

Much revolves around how many gamblers love to whine and complain.  But gambling addiction is a huge concern if the whining turns into more playing beyond one’s means and bankroll. Remember, March is Gambling Addiction Awareness month.  Do your loved-ones a favor and help them to see if they are a “whiner” or an “addict.”

So, what are we to do?

Mark Maremont and Alexandra Berzon at the Wall Street Journal analyzed new data that shows that on any given day, the chances of emerging a winner aren’t too bad—the gamblers won money on 30% of the days they wagered. But continuing to gamble is a bad bet. Just 11% of players ended up in the black over the full period, and most of those pocketed less than $150.

This particular study, they said, used 4,222 casino customers of different levels of play. It showed that just 2.8%—or 119 big losers—provided half of the casino’s take, and 10.7% provided 80% of the take. Such revenue concentration long has been quietly acknowledged in the casino industry because it does show that the casino industry takes advantage of high-end addictive gamblers. But that’s a topic for another time.

The fact is, if you want to leave a winner, you need to leave after you win. Sounds obvious? Yes! But, although gamblers know the house has an edge, the average person doesn’t understand that casino games are nibbling machines, and the more nibbles you have, the bigger your losses.

“Acceptance is the key to all my problems today.”  Some of you might recognize that quote.  It’s true in many forms, and for many of the day’s activities – including your visit to the casino.  So the recreational gambler should accept the following:

1) The Casino Industry is in the business of making money. I should expect to leave a winner 20% of the time or less.

2) My bankroll is determined before I go and is what I play with – more than that I can’t afford.

3) Gambling is recreation. Recreation should bring joy, but only if you accept the basic realities of the casino’s take. If Gambling doesn’t make you happy – find another recreational activity.  Life’s too short – and TOO expensive!

That’s all for now.

Binbin

March Is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Once each year, I pause the gambling news and hype to be sure we look at the seriousness of problem gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness month.  It comes at a perfect time in New England in 2017 when the expansion of gambling seems on the verge of chaos, with the additional considerations of a third Connecticut casino, a third Maine casino, and more speculation in Bridgeport Ct & New Hampshire.

Follow the signs of problem gambling.

Follow the signs of problem gambling.

For the 13th year, The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) dedicates March to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling.  “Problem Gambling is a disease that affects over seven million Americans , yet few talk about it,” said National Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Keith Whyte, “and that’s why we created the ‘Have The Conversation’ campaign to raise awareness of prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

 

Katie Barlowe of Casino.org and in her article Problem Gambling Awareness Month Highlights Plainridge Park Casino’s Safeguard Failures”  she includes the following:  “Most adults gamble or know someone who gambles, and, therefore, could benefit from programs to prevent gambling addiction,” the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) website states. “We believe many who suffer in silence do so because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is or where to get help.”

As any vice/leisure activity allowed in our society, certain responsibilities should be followed.  However, some are not able to resist the overwhelming dark sides of these actions.  Whether for moral, economic, or basic human caring reasons, we try to provide help to those who cannot help themselves.

Types of Casino Gambling throughout the U.S.

Types of Casino Gambling throughout the U.S.  Massachusetts & D.C. should both have commercial casinos as of 2017.

You might find it odd to have a post dealing with the “dark side” of gaming, but it is with an objective responsibility that NETime Gambling covers it all, and that includes the awareness of problem gambling.

MS. Barlowe also includes the following statistics:

  • According to an info-graphic released by the NCPG, problem gambling accounts for $7 billion in the US annually due to addiction, bankruptcy, and crime.
  • Of the estimated five million Americans who already meet the criteria for gambling addiction, three in four have problems with alcohol, 38 percent use or have used illegal drugs, and 20 percent have attempted or committed suicide.

For more information on problem gambling, go to the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

Massachusetts leads the charge in offering help to problem gambling. According to RGTOnline, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is implementing the following initiatives:

MGC will implement the following initiatives:

  • Educate: On 12 March 2017, MGC will launch a new advertising campaign to promote its GameSense program, an innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy to encourage responsible play and mitigate program gambling.
  • Communicate: Throughout the month, MGC will execute a social media campaign to increase awareness about problem gambling prevention and the resources available.
  • Collaborate: Working closely with MGC, GameSense Advisors will conduct a series of training and awareness-building activities for Plainridge Park Casino employees.
  • Research: Later in the month, MGC will announce new details about efforts to expand its research agenda and introduce new data that will further inform intervention, prevention and treatment strategies for problem gambling.
  • Support: MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day. On 14 March 2017, the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are sponsoring a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative.
  • The state’s Gaming Commission will continue to require that Massachusetts casino operators implement GameSense, a program developed by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. in Canada in 2009 to let players manage the financial side of gambling.  Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield will implement this program, and Plainridge Park casino has seen success with its implementation this past year.

Gamesense 2Kudos to MGM International.  Just this week, on Wednesday, MGM Resorts executives announced at a meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, that the company will implement GameSense at its resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country, not just in Springfield where it is required.

Help each other if your friends, family or children seem to be spending money they don’t have.  If you have questions or concerns about your own gambling, take the 20 Question Check at Gambler’s Anonymous.  Wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry?

Sincerely,

Binbin

 

12 New Year Resolutions for Gamblers

new-years-resolutionDo people really make resolutions and stick to them? C’mon now – really?

I think we make resolutions on January 1st with all good intentions. I really do! They represent hope – change for the better – improvement. Whether we follow them or not, they represent what we think are important changes to make as individuals and as a society.resolutions

So resolutions are good, right? But making too many is fodder for disaster! Let’s look at some gambling resolutions for the new year.  But, it’s always better to pick one or two below – and STICK TO THEM.

So, here are our suggestions courtesy of the Casino Answer Man, – John Grochowdki. Pick a few, or maybe one a month.  Whatever the case, try these

GAMBLING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS:

1) I will stay within my Bankroll!Bankroll

Know what you can spend.  If you have a winning session, great! If not, stick to your limit. If losses approach the amount you’re willing to spend, slow down. Take a timeout, get a snack – people watch! If you hit your limit, it’s time to stop

2) I won’t bother people near me – I will respect other players space and focus.images

Instead of bothering others, I will do my own homework and learn the games myself. This includes not being a pain in the #$% to the dealer and wait staff. Remember to keep your advice to yourself, unless someone asks.

3) I will learn the games before I play:

Blackjack Strategy card.

Blackjack Strategy card.

A little homework goes a long way in helping to cut the odds against you at casino games. Learn basic strategy in blackjack and for each video poker game you play. Know the rules and best bets in craps. No matter your game of choice, buy a good book and read about the best methods of play.  If you have to ask a stranger about the game or machine, chances are you shouldn’t be gambling.

4) I will keep part of my winnings:

They Represent Real money! Treat these chips as such.

They Represent Real money! Treat these chips as such.

Your winnings are just that YOUR WINNINGS. It isn’t “their money.” As soon as you’ve won it, it’s yours, and you don’t have to give it back. On any sizable win, put at least half of it away. You can buy yourself a treat, go out for an evening on the town, put a little away for the kids’ or grand-kids’ educations, pay bills — whatever you want. Even better, keep part of your winnings for your next session.

5) I will keep track of my gambling.gdiary

Keeping track of stats such as time spent, casinos visited, promotions used, money won/lost, etc…will force you to look at your gaming experiences. Patterns of losing play, or machines played, may indicate that changes are needed.

6) I will play only with money I can afford to lose:

$100 Funny Toilet Paper

When the losses come, make sure you don’t have money earmarked for food, clothing, school, the rent or mortgage on the line. Play with money budgeted for entertainment, not for life’s necessities.

 

7) I will never chase losses:

Does money just seem to be floating away?

What’s worse than losing money? Losing even more in a desperate attempt to win it back. You’re never “due” to win, and wins and losses don’t have to even out in the time we play. A losing streak means it’s time to ease back or quit, not bet more.

8) I will never use credit card cash advances for gambling money:

Casino Redemtion / ATM machineThink the house edge is high on some games? Try comparing it to credit card interest rates. The house edge added to interest on borrowed money and ATM fees — that’s a tough combination to overcome.  Bring your cash, or if your a big player, get your marker from the casino.  Either way, hide those credit cards and ATM card in your car, or don’t bring them (locals.)

9) I will go easy on the alcohol:alcohol-gambling

If you want to have a drink while you play, that’s your business. You don’t want your judgment impaired with money on the line. Have a good time, but keep a clear head, too.

10) I will keep perspective and play for fun:

Shooting at the Craps Table - have fun whatever your game is.

Shooting at the Craps Table – have fun whatever your game is.

Keep perspective and play for fun. Gambling in a casino is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Only a handful of blackjack and video poker players have the skill, discipline and bankroll to enable them to make money in the long run. Most of us will lose more than we win at any game. Most players are best off to treat losses as the price of admission for a day’s entertainment. Casino gambling is a form of entertainment, a way to have a good time. On those days when we take a little extra cash home, so much the better. But even a losing day can be fun if you keep your expectations realistic. Remember, it’s not about luck, or casino conspiracies – it’s all about math + science = house edge.

11) I will pay attention to my TITO Tickets and my belongings in the casino.

Ticket In, Ticket Out! TITO

Ticket In, Ticket Out! TITO

 Be careful with your money. There are people out there who look to take other players money, TITO vouchers (TITO = Ticket In, Ticket Out) purses and more. That’s their job! Be careful out there and be aware of those around you.

12) I will be more aware of my Rewards Account. Players Club

Remember, all rewards clubs have different rules. 1 point in one club equals $1, but other clubs have 100 points equaling $1. Take advantage of Players Club promotions – especially 2X & 3X (or more) points days. Be aware of when your points expire.

I’m sure there are more. Whatever your resolutions may be, I hope you keep them as long as possible. I hope your New year is a prosperous one – make 2017 the best gaming experience yet. Get that royal!

That’s all for now

Binbin

Massachusetts Gaming Report – Keeping Track Of Its Residents Gambling Health

Steve Crosby and The MGC

Steve Crosby and The Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Monitoring the process and monitoring the results have been a high point of emphasis ever since the passing of the Expanded Gaming Act by then Governor Deval Patrick on November 22, 2011. The goals of expanded gambling were two-fold:

  • Through the establishment of new gaming facilities, the Expanded Gaming Act will create new jobs, generate new revenue for the Commonwealth, and contribute to the economic growth of the local economy.
  • The Expanded Gaming Act protects communities from all potential social and economic impacts by a transparent and competitive bidding process of gaming licenses.  (from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission website.)

massachusetts-to-pilot-new-tool-to-limit-gambling-lossesLooking at the MGC website is quite interesting. As part of the ongoing baseline research efforts, this year the research team released a Problem Gambling Online Panel Survey Report. As a promise to its residents, the MGC has shown a major concern for the welfare and health of its gamblers.  This study contained an enriched sample of problem gamblers to provide greater understanding of

1) negative personal impacts of gambling,

2) impacts of different forms of gambling on gambling-related problems and

3) prevention awareness and treatment-seeking behavior of problem gamblers.

GAMBLING PARTICIPATION BY ADULTS IN MASSACHUSETTS OVER THE LAST YEAR, BY ACTIVITY.  First, here is how residents of the Pilgrim state gamble:

  • 72 % – gambled in the previous year.
  • 59 % – purchased lottery tickets.
  • 32% – participated in raffles
  • 22% – gambled at a land casino. (Not known if specifically in Massachusetts)
  • 13% – bet on sports (despite its illegal status in the state)
  • 3% – bet on horse racing
  • 3% – bingo
  • 2% – online betting (despite its illegal status in the state)

So, while almost 3/4 of Massachusetts residents have seemingly participated in gambling, only 22% have been to a casino.  Remembering this is a survey, which will have +/- deviations on either side, it seems the lottery, as reported, is still the main source of gambling revenue.  With the completion of Wynn Boston Harbor & MGM Springfield, the casino % will surely rise and compete with the lottery.  That means the lottery won’t diminish in success, only that the percentage will be shared with the land casinos – the lottery’s piece of the pie will stay the same, but the pie will become a much bigger pie.

Wynn Boston Harbor

Wynn Boston Harbor

Massachusetts and its residents, more than any other state in the northeast, has always been concerned with problem gambling – monitoring, prevention, and help to those who need it.  Key finding of the 2016 report state:

  • 54% of problem gamblers experience financial problems because of gambling, but only 5% have filed for bankruptcy.
  • 50% of problem gamblers have experience health or stress problems because of gambling, but less than 9% have sought medical or psychological help. • 14% report relationship problems because of gambling
  • Problem gamblers report specific types of gambling contribute to their problems
  • 23% report Instant Lottery Tickets contribute more to the problems encountered
  • 19% report slot machines contribute more to the problems encountered

Losing at Gambling?

The percentage of problem gamblers in Massachusetts already is reported at 8.4%. This is a note of alarm, since nationally, 3-5 gamblers out of 100 experience problem gambling (according to Addictions.com) which is 3% higher than the national statistic.

Finally, according to the MGC report, 63.4% of Massachusetts residents consider themselves recreational gamblers.  That’s a high percentage, with only 27% considering themselves “non-gamblers.”

So what’s with all the math?  Remember in my first paragraph “Monitoring the process and monitoring the results have been a high point of emphasis.”  I applaud the MGC and the state of Massachusetts for keeping track of this, and implementing the only GameSense Info Center currently in place within the United States at Plainridge Park Casino to gather information on responsible gambling. And Massachusetts is the only jurisdiction in the United States to have responsible gaming personnel on the casino floor. PlayMyWay

On June 9, 2016, the MGC launched an innovative budget setting tool known as “PlayMyWay – The Smart Way to Track Your Play”. This tool prompts rewards card holders to voluntarily choose a daily, weekly, and/or monthly budget to track their spending while at Plainridge Park Casino.Gamesense

Massachusetts has certainly done more than most in collecting data and helping its residents.  We know gambling has its downside. But Massachusetts and the MGC is trying its best to keep track for its residents sake.

Binbin

Responsible Gaming Education Week – Enjoy Your Gaming, Just Be Aware


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.

Plainridge Park Casino

Plainridge Park Casino Entrance

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.

Binbin

Plainridge Park Casino Officially Launches “PlayMyWay” Today!

Pl;ainridge ParkPlainridge 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.
P{layMyWayAvailable June 9th at Plainridge Park Casino, the PlayMyWay program is a new innovative tool designed to allow customers the ability to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic gaming machines, and to support their decision to continue or stop play.  Plainridge is perfect for the trial since it only has electronic gaming.
MGCThe Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce this first-of-its-kind pilot program in the United States to focus on problem gambling prevention and customer protection practices. PlayMyWay is intended to help players make decisions about gambling, allow them to monitor and understand their playing behavior in real time, and support their decisions.  The PlayMyWay program is the latest tool added to MGC’s wide-ranging and unique responsible gaming framework known as GameSense.  Here is previous post concerning GameSense:

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RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING TIPS, With the Help From NETGs “Cool Cats.”

Cats Playing Blackjack

Cats Playing Poker

Just about everyone tries gambling of one form in their lives.  Some involve money, others may gamble at running a red light.  Each has its own degree of risk and consequences.

There are professional gamblers who have been able to gamble for a living and not fall into the dark side of addiction.  These Advantage Players, or AP’s, know the importance of knowing how they react to the rush of winning and the down side of losing.

Cat Advantage Player

Cat Advantage Player

But professionals also detach a lot of the emotion – it’s a business – which helps keep those fiery endorphins more stable.  Most humans can gamble, whether money based or consequence based (or both) without concerns, but some have trouble when any gamble turns into habit – especially casino gamblers.

This post includes simple tips and a few items to help responsible gambling.  While many have a fun, exciting gambling experience without them, these tips and forms may be something to consider. Continue reading