(PRESS RELEASE) -- Missouri casino employees are partnering with the American Gaming Association to celebrate the casino industry’s 21st annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, 6 through 10 August.
Responsible Gaming Education Week was created by the American Gaming Association in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling issues and promote responsible gaming practices nationwide. The event is part of a year-round focus on responsible gaming education for patrons and employees.
Casinos across Missouri will sponsor activities, provide free educational materials and promote responsible gaming during Responsible Gaming Education Week. This year’s theme is Responsible Gaming: More than a Pledge, It’s Our Priority.
Free brochures, including “Play Responsibly,” “Get to Know Slot Machines,” “Understand the Odds” and “Responsible Player Guidelines and Characteristics,” are available at many casinos.
“Responsible gaming is an ongoing priority of our Missouri casino employees, from top executives to front-line team members,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “During Responsible Gaming Education Week, our casinos expand on the work they do every day to inform employees and patrons about the issue.”Ameristar St. Charles
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employees will hear about the 1-888-BETSOFF hotline from guest speakers. They will receive a daily e-mail and newsletter about responsible gaming topics. Information booths will be set up in the staff cafeterias, and employees can complete daily quizzes for prizes.Lumiere Place
team members will participate in activities all week including a Responsible Gaming Week luncheon and quizzes for prizes. Signs about responsible gaming will be displayed in employee and public areas.Isle of Capri Casino Hotel - Boonville
team members will wear responsible gaming buttons throughout the week. Team members will receive a training refresher and test their knowledge of responsible gaming by completing a quiz for prizes.
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.