With new gambling establishments opening up in the state, the number of people facing compulsive gambling issues has also gone up. As such, the number of people who need help with their gambling issues is also on the rise in Massachusetts.
While two casinos are operating in the state, Wynn’s Resorts Everett casino is all set to welcome guests from June 23 onwards.
The state had launched a program – GameSense – aimed at helping people facing gambling issues by creating awareness about responsible gambling practices and also allowing them to sign up for a voluntary self-exclusion from all gambling activities.
According to the figures released by the state gambling regulator, 571 people have signed up for the promising GameSense program since it was launched and have asked for self-exclusion from gambling.
Mark Vander Linden, the director of research and responsible gaming for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said: “Although we recognize the decision to limit your gambling can be difficult, enrolling in the program is not. We are steadfast in our commitment to provide the people of Massachusetts with the tools necessary to empower consumer decisions about healthy levels of play, and when it may be time to step away.”
The GameSense program was started back in 2015.
“We want people to leave with resources and like they have a support structure,” said Amy Gabriella, a GameSense advisor at MGM Springfield.
“It’s listening to that, letting them talk about it. A lot of times, people want to talk.”