This week marks the commencement of Responsible Gaming Education Month (RGEM), an important initiative spearheaded by the American Gaming Association (AGA) to promote responsible gaming practices across the country.
Just before the RGEM, the AGA released an updated edition of their Responsible Gaming Statutes and Regulations Guide. This is the first time that the guide has been updated since 2019, and it includes a wealth of new information on responsible gaming practices.
Responsible Gaming Education Month
This is the first time that the celebration was extended to a month instead of just a week.
Every week will have a unique theme related to the main campaign of AGA to “Have a Game Plan. Bet Responsibly.”
September. 1-10 – Empowering Customers to Play Responsibly
September. 11-17 – Legal, Regulated Gaming Protects Players
September. 18-24 – Employees — the RG Front Line
September. 25-30 – Advancing Responsible Gaming with Technology
The AGA will also conduct a couple of webinars which will be held on September 15 and 17 entitled “the state of responsibility and player protection” and “advancing responsible gaming through collaboration and technology”, respectively.
New Responsible Gaming Guide
Last August, the AGA released an updated edition of their Responsible Gaming Guide. This new edition includes updated information on responsible gaming practices, resources for problem gamblers, and tips for staying in control while gambling.
With this guide, the AGA hopes to educate and empower gamblers to make responsible choices and stay in control of their gambling habits. Cait DeBaun, AGA Vice President for Strategic Communications and Responsibility, stated:
“While our members’ responsibility commitments go above and beyond what is required of them, this guide is a valuable resource for our industry to maintain its high standards of regulatory compliance in all facets of responsible gaming.”
The guide amplifies the importance of responsible gaming programs to the day-to-day operations of the US gaming industry. It also contains a summary that monitors the presence of some key features for responsible gaming for each state. This includes Responsible Gaming Plan Required, Self-Exclusion, Disclosures, Advertising Restrictions, and Wager/Time Limits.
The guide was last updated in 2019 and the gaming industry evolved since then. A couple of states recognized the importance of iGaming and finally legalized a decent number of trusted online casinos for USA players, 16 states joined the legalized sports betting industry and 2 states legalized land-based casinos.
The guide is available for free on the AGA website together with other resources like US casino news and events.