Gambling Addiction To Be Addressed By MGM
Some people can gamble and know when to quit. Others may not be able to stop. Like any addiction, gambling addiction can destroy a person’s life. Typically, casinos are not going to try and stop you from gambling. They want you to gamble. It is their business. However, MGM is going to try to be more proactive in helping those who can’t help themselves.
If you or any of your loved ones struggle with gambling addiction, there are avenues of help. You just have to know where to look.
In the case of MGM, they have entered into an agreement to bring a program called GameSense into their properties. Gamblers will have the opportunity to visit a GameSense desk or kiosk and obtain information on how to gamble responsibly. This includes common sense things like having a set budget and time frames while gaming.
The Las Vegas Sun ran a story this week announcing the new MGM plans for GameSense. They report:
Jim Lightbody, BCLC president, echoed Feldman’s sentiments, explaining the importance of a program such as GameSense.
“We believe it’s our role to take the lead in providing better responsible gambling programming that supports our players, helps reduce harm and strengthens the gaming industry as a whole,” Lightbody said. “We are thrilled MGM Resorts recognizes the value of our GameSense program, and wants to align with us to further the positive role it can play in reducing gambling-related harm.”
Feldman explained the program targets more than those with gambling issues, as it should be aimed at all guests. He said the gaming industry does not and should not identify problem gamblers.
Read the Sun’s full report here.
Hopefully, this type of program will spread across the Las Vegas casinos. Far too many people go beyond the fun of gambling to the tragedy of it. Be safe, gamble wisely, and know when to quit.