Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts has teamed up with the Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resources Center in support of responsible gaming practices for the US’ Problem Gambling Awareness Month and beyond.
PGAM is held each March to raise awareness about the support available for those with problem gambling. It brings together a range of stakeholders, including treatment providers, public health organizations, advocacy groups, and operators of gambling.
According to Casino City Times Empire City will light their porte cochere with blue and yellow in March to raise responsible gambling awareness. Blue is the official colour for PGAM and yellow to support the New York Council on Problem Gambling’s ‘Shine a LIGHT’ initiative.
The casino will host a problem gambling screening event on 14 March to promote prevention and raise awareness. This event will feature a short questionnaire, educational resources, as well as specialized trained responsible gamers who will highlight best practices and problem gambling initiatives.
Empire City will also highlight responsible gaming practices in person with employees and guests, as well online via its social media platforms.
“Empire City is committed in promoting responsible gaming through GameSense as well as through our partnerships to ensure that our employees and guests have all the tools and resources necessary to foster and encourage a fun and safe gaming environment,” stated Ed Domingo SVP and General Manager of Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts.
2023 marks the 20th Anniversary of PGAM. It is held in March each year to coincide the NCAA‘s March Madness Basketball Tournament, one of the most wagered on sporting events in the US.
Empire City, part of MGM Resorts uses the responsible gambling program GameSense to promote responsible gambling in its venues.
GameSense displays responsible gaming tips and messaging prominently throughout the gaming floor. QR codes are also placed on slot machines in order to provide access to educational materials and information.
Employees receive GameSense training every year, and some are trained as GameSense advisors to offer immediate assistance to anyone in need.
MGM Resorts has extended its partnership with GameSense for five more years.