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August 15, 2022

August is Responsible Gaming Education Month

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling recognizes August as Responsible Gaming Education month in Missouri. The awareness month originated in 2003 to promote responsible gaming efforts, as well as the resources available to those who develop a problem with gambling.

One of the goals of Responsible Gaming Education Month is to educate Missourians on the potential characteristics and dangers of problem gambling, so they can keep their play safe and fun.

In support of Responsible Gaming Education Month, members of the Missouri Alliance will feature social media posts to educate players on the signs of problem gambling and the resources available for help.

If gambling becomes a problem for you or someone you know, free help from licensed professionals is available by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing freehelp@888betsoff.org or visiting 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.



March 1, 2022

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

In collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), members of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling recognize March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). This year’s theme is “Awareness + Action.”

Committed to making sure the public understands the warning signs of problem gambling and – most importantly – the resources available to get help, the Alliance is a partnership between the Missouri Gaming Association, Missouri Gaming Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Port Authority of Kansas City and the Missouri Lottery.

Here in Missouri, free help from licensed professionals can be accessed by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing freehelp@888betsoff.org or visiting 888betsoff.org.

Additionally, the Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers.

Approximately two million U.S. adults (1% of the population) are estimated to meet criteria for severe problem gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) meet the criteria for mild or moderate problem gambling. Warning signs include lying to cover up gambling activity and needing to spend more and more money to reach the same level of excitement.

Using the #PGAM2022 hashtag, PGAM brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including public health organizations, treatment providers, advocacy groups and gambling operators that work collaboratively to let people know hope and help exist.

More information can be found at 888betsoff.orgncpgambling.org, and gamblersanonymous.org.
 



August 2, 2021

Practice Responsible Play to Keep Gambling Entertaining

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling recognizes August as Missouri’s Responsible Gaming Education Month. Each August since 2003, the Missouri Alliance and affiliated gaming operators increase efforts to raise awareness about responsible gambling throughout Missouri and encourage players to refresh their responsible play knowledge.

The goal of responsible gaming is to keep gambling safe and fun by educating players about positive play habits. Strategies to keep games of chance from developing into a problem include setting time and budget limits, never borrowing money to gamble and understanding the odds of the game.

To support the campaign, the Missouri Alliance is airing “Don’t Let Gambling Break You” television and public service announcements (PSAs) throughout the month (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzVa91GmQnE). The PSAs advise audiences about the signs of problem gambling.

Free help from licensed professionals can be accessed by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing freehelp@888betsoff.org or visiting 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.



March 5, 2021

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling (Alliance), in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling, dedicates the month of March to raising awareness around the issues surrounding gambling addiction. 

The campaign theme of “Awareness + Action” is all about taking specific action and having conversations about problem gambling issues and directing people to the help they may need. 

According to the NCPG, approximately two million U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for gambling disorder. Using the tagline #AwarenessPlusAction, Problem Gambling Awareness Month (#PGAM2021) is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. 

To support the campaign and raise awareness around the availability of free help in Missouri, the Alliance will once again be airing a public service announcement (PSA). The PSA will be distributed via radio and TV across the state, and it can be found here

The Alliance hopes to educate Missourians about the signs of problem gambling and the availability of year round, 24/7 help through the 1-888-BETSOFF service.

To access free help from licensed professionals, please call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), email freehelp@888betsoff.org or visit 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.



August 3, 2020

Practice Responsible Play to Keep Gambling Entertaining

The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling recognizes August as Missouri’s Responsible Gaming Education Month. Each August since 2003, the Missouri Alliance and affiliated gaming operators increase efforts to raise awareness about responsible gambling throughout Missouri and encourage players to refresh their responsible play knowledge.

The goal of responsible gaming is to keep gambling safe and fun by educating players about positive play habits. Strategies to keep games of chance from developing into a problem include setting time and budget limits, never borrowing money to gamble and understanding the odds of the game.

To support the campaign, the Missouri Alliance is airing “Don’t Let Gambling Break You” television and public service announcements (PSAs) throughout the month (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzVa91GmQnE). The PSAs advise audiences about the signs of problem gambling.  

Free help from licensed professionals can be accessed by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing freehelp@888betsoff.org or visiting 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org



March 9, 2020

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For a 16th year, Missouri contributes "Awareness + Action" to an annual, nationwide effort to raise recognition of problem gambling and inform the public on the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery resources. The Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling (Alliance) is proud to continue its support of the National Council on Problem Gambling's (NCPG) Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

For many individuals, gambling is a hidden addiction, as there are few outward signs or physical symptoms. However, problem gambling can have major negative mental, social and financial impacts on both the individual suffering the gambling problem as well as their loved ones. According to the NCPG, approximately two million U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling, while four to six million are considered problem gamblers. 

Problem gambling is a behavior disorder in which an individual has an uncontrollable urge to gamble, characterized by an increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, "chasing" losses and a loss of control.

To support the campain and raise awareness around the availability of free help in Missouri, the Alliance has created a new public service announcement (PSA). The PSA will be distributed via radio and TV across the state, and it can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzVa91GmQnE. The Alliance hopes to educate Missourians about the signs of problem gambling and the availability of year round, 24/7 help through the 1-888-BETSOFF service. 

To access free help from licensed professionals, please call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), email freehelp@888betsoff.org or visit 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.



November 1, 2019

Missouri Gaming Association's Project 21 Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school seniors to enter the 24th annual Project 21 scholarship competition. This year, one $2,500 first prize scholarship and three $1,500 second prize scholarships will be awarded. The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to learn and educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. 

The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1, 2020.  The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation. The scholarship application and guidelines are available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or http://bit.ly/MGA-2020-Project21.

Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2019 and February 15, 2020. Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. 

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences when youth participate in other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.” 

All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible. 

The Project 21 scholarship application is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or http://bit.ly/MGA-2020-Project21 or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2020 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2020.

 



August 7, 2019

Play Responsibly When Playing Games of Chance

August is Missouri’s Responsible Gaming Education Month, and the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling reminds all Missourians to engage in responsible play when it comes to gambling. The month-long initiative has informed Missouri residents about ways to gamble responsibly since its inception in 2003.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 2 to 3% of the United States population show signs of having a gambling problem. The Missouri Alliance wants residents here to know there are strategies that can be used to keep games of chance from developing into a problem. These include setting time and budget limits, never borrowing money to gamble and including other forms of entertainment in their daily lives.

In support of the campaign, The Missouri Alliance is also airing “Don’t Let Gambling Break You” television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) throughout the month (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygPdfD1Z8WU).

The Alliance’s year-round 888-BETSOFF program exists to help connect people who are struggling with a gambling problem with the appropriate resources to seek assistance. Anyone who thinks they have a gambling problem, or thinks they know someone with a gambling problem, is encouraged to call the free helpline for information on the resources available.

Free help from licensed professionals can be accessed by calling 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), emailing freehelp@888betsoff.org or visiting 888betsoff.org.

In addition, the Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at 888betsoff.org, ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.



June 18, 2019

Regional Conference on Addiction Convenes for 16th Year

The Hilton Kansas City Airport is the site of the 16th annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse, taking place from June 19-21.  This year’s theme, “Reflections and Destinations,” encompasses a universal goal shared by all healthcare providers in their commitment to improving the health and well-being of the people and communities they serve.  A look back to what began as a training opportunity in 2003 has evolved into a conference focused on bringing the most current knowledge, research, policy, best practice, and treatment protocol for problem gambling and substance use disorders to professionals in the Midwest. 

“We are still in the midst of a nationwide opioid crisis, we are just beginning to understand the impact of gaming on our youth and young adults, and states are legalizing sports betting at record rates,” said Carol Spiker, president of the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse.   “Although we have great understanding for addiction, the ever-evolving public health challenges we encounter daily keep us searching for more effective ways in which to address addiction and move individuals and families into recovery.  This year’s conference hopes to provide our attendees with the tools and resources they need when faced with these challenges,” said Spiker.

The Midwest Consortium represents a five-state region – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma – but attendees from across the country and internationally both present at and attend the conference each year.  For a complete list of workshop sessions, presenters and conference information, visit MCPGSA.org

 

 



March 1, 2019

Missouri Contributes 'Awareness + Action' to Nationwide Effort

Marking its 15th year, the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling is proud to continue its support of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month. 

Unlike a substance use disorder, problem gambling shows limited outward signs or physical symptoms, causing it to commonly be referred to as a “hidden addiction.” Yet, problem gambling can have significant negative mental, social and financial impacts on the lives of those afflicted and their loved ones. According to the National Council, approximately 2 million of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling, while another 4-6 million are considered problem gamblers.

“Anyone who gambles has the potential of developing a problem, regardless of how often they participate,” said Mark Rembecki, interim chair of the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling. “There are options for free treatment available here in Missouri.”

Problem gambling is defined, in part, as an increasing preoccupation with gambling despite any mounting negative consequences. Similar to other types of addiction, problem gambling is a progressive addiction characterized by a need to bet more money more frequently, “chasing losses,” and a loss of control. 

“The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services,” said Rembecki. “To do so, Alliance members are running TV, radio and social media campaigns and hosting training sessions across the state. Our hope is to educate Missourians about the signs of a gambling problem and the availability of free treatment through the 1-888-BETSOFF service.” 

To access free help from licensed professionals, please call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633), email freehelp@888betsoff.org or visit 888betsoff.org. The Missouri Gaming Commission and the Missouri Lottery both offer their own voluntary, self-exclusion lists for problem gamblers. More information about problem gambling concerns and responsible gaming can be found at ncpgambling.org and gamblersanonymous.org.
 




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