A major US gambling industry body, the Responsible Gambling Collaborative (RG Collaborative) has announced new principles to promote responsible gambling. The Group has also announced the findings of a national study on the best way to allocate funds for responsible gambling.
The findings were announced at the ongoing National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) conference, known as the Winter Meeting.
The principles laid out by the Group are the first attempt by a US gambling organisation to put together a complete agreement on safe gambling practices by drawing on the findings of a range of groups including industry bodies, academics and researchers.
Speaking about the Responsible Gambling Effectiveness Principles, the Executive Director at the NCLGS, Keith Whyte, said that they were designed to provoke discussion and to produce new insights and approaches in what he said was a critical area:
“We encourage all stakeholders – policymakers, regulators, advocates, researchers, and industry – to build upon these fundamental principles, inserting evidence-based activities and regulations that support safe, responsible gambling.”
The new framework of principles attempts to cover a number of areas. These include ensuring sufficient funding for problem gambling research, helping patrons to make the best choices about their own gambling patterns and ensuring that gambling operators are fully aware of their responsibilities in promoting safe gambling and in preventing gambling addiction.
In addition, the Group released the details of a study that sought to ascertain whether funds for problem gambling treatment and research are being appropriately used. The study found that six states were using the funds correctly, but another eight were not using these funds fully for their intended purpose, a finding that was described as ‘troubling’ by the CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) Bill Miller.