MGM Resorts International donated $360,000 to the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) to fund two projects that will last for two years. These projects are dedicated to understanding, preventing, and addressing the risks that players may face while gambling. ICRG was founded in 1996 and has become an important funding source for researching various gambling issues.
Thanks to the donation from MGM Resorts, the institution will be able to expand its education and increase awareness of problem gambling and responsible gambling solutions. Arthur Paikowsky, President of ICRG, expressed gratitude for the support from MGM Resorts and highlighted the importance of the research that will address the impact of gender on gambling disorder and the health risks of casino employees.
In addition to the donation, MGM Resorts has developed its own responsible gaming program called Game Sense, which focuses on promoting responsible gambling through honest and transparent conversations with clients. The program was licensed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in 2017. MGM Resorts plans to continue training and educating its 60,000 employees on the benefits and risks of gambling.
Stephen Martino, the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, emphasized the critical nature of the research projects and expressed the company’s support for the ICRG and its work around responsible gaming best practices. In the coming year, ICRG plans to collaborate with more big operators to further upgrade their approach and education. The American Gaming Association (AGA) is one of the big names that is already involved in this effort.
Customers can utilize various responsible gaming tools and resources on BetMGM’s gaming app, which was created by MGM Resorts and Entain. Overall, the donation from MGM Resorts aims to support research and education about responsible gaming, with the ultimate goal of creating a safer and more responsible gambling environment for all.