JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri casino employees are serving as responsible gaming ambassadors during the casino industry’s 17th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), August 4-8. RGEW was created by the American Gaming Association (AGA) in 1998 to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of problem gambling issues nationwide.
Missouri casino employees wear buttons, ribbons and stickers with responsible gaming messages and offer free responsible gaming brochures and other materials during RGEW. Brochures include “The House Advantage: A Guide to Understanding the Odds,” “Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Understanding Slot Machines,” “Talking with Children About Gambling,” and “Keeping It Fun: A Guide to Responsible Gaming.”
“Responsible gaming is an ongoing priority of Missouri casino employees, from top executives to front-line team members,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “This week is an opportunity for our casinos to expand on the work they do every day, educating employees and patrons about the issue.”
The Missouri Gaming Association and its casino company members sponsor and fund year-round programs to address responsible gaming issues. Every Missouri casino property has a designated employee who serves as the director of responsible gaming programs for that location. Missouri’s ongoing responsible gaming programs include:
• 1-888-BETSOFF – a statewide telephone crisis line and referral service for problem gambling.
• Project 21 – a scholarship competition that addresses underage gambling;
• Operation Bet Smart – an awareness program that focuses on compulsive gambling;
• Alcohol Awareness Programs – promote responsible consumption of alcohol.
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry, which is celebrating its 20th year. The Missouri Gaming Association works to increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For details, visit jp2.496.myftpupload.com.