As gaming revenue soars, NY adds steps on problem gambling

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Gambling-related groups announced today a partnership to address problem gambling statewide through the Responsible Play Partnership, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.

The State Gaming Commission, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the State Council on Problem Gambling formed the partnership to ensure that rules and regulations for gambling are followed by venues.

“The Responsible Play Partnership will be an open, ongoing dialogue across all of New York’s gaming and wagering interests, and we look forward to getting started,” said Robert Williams, executive director of the Gaming Commission, in a statement.

The new partnership will determine the most effective ways to treat compulsive gambling and reevaluate policies statewide to ensure consistency and participate in outreach measures.

The groups will enforce the restriction of individuals under the age of 18 from gambling and help to prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage consumers by carrying out compliance checks.

The partnership will request reports from facilities that allow gambling, such as racetracks, to determine how they handle people who show signs of problem gambling to improve policies.

“Problem gambling is a very real concern in New York State, and this partnership will provide the real-world tools and resources needed to adequately address the issue,” said the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez in a statement.

The Office of Alcoholism’s number will be distributed at gambling center, on play cards and tickets to increase awareness about outreach for individuals who may have gambling problems that need help.

Gambling revenue in New York reached a whopping $9 billion last year, a state record.

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  1. Marilyn Lancelot on

    Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.

    I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. If a person who has an addictive personality, doesn’t admit to at least two addictions, he’s not being honest. Until the underlying issues have been resolved, the person will continue to switch addictions. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.

    Sincerely,

    Marilyn Lancelot