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IGA's Members Lead the Support for Responsible Gaming in the 16th Annual Responsible Gaming Education Week

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As part of promoting responsible gaming throughout the year, a more focused effort will take place August 5-9 when Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) will be held at the 18 commercial casinos around Iowa. 
Many activities to heighten awareness will take place at the casino properties throughout the week, and employees are encouraged to become ambassadors and make a personal connection with responsible gaming by promoting a proactive message and have ongoing conversations at home, on the job and in the community.
Each casino property will also work closely with their area gambling treatment provider by extending an invitation to display their brochures, interact with patrons and conduct training programs to teach employees to approach or come to the aid of those exhibiting compulsive behavior, and learn intervention skills.
"RGEW is also when the Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming is annually reviewed by casino staff to assure proactive initiatives and new resource ideas are being incorporated into their property's best practices throughout the year;" said Wes Ehrecke, President and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA). "This internal audit is a helpful tool to support each casino's company-wide support and commitment for responsible gaming."
In conjunction with this year's RGEW, the AGA is releasing the second installment of its recent video series, a resource titled "What are the Odds?
Ehrecke stated that integral to gambling responsibly is knowing the odds of the games and how they work. This video takes information from the brochures "The House Advantage: A Guide to Understanding the Odds" and "Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Understanding Slot Machines" and puts it into a quickly paced, easy-to-understand two-minute video. It is available for viewing on the AGA's YouTube Channel and will play in various locations at many of the casinos.
Also new for this year's RGEW, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) recently released the video "What is a Gambling Disorder?"  This explains the science to better understand gambling disorders.
Ehrecke noted that the IGA strongly supports nearly $4 million earmarked by the state legislature to advocate a model for awareness, prevention and treatment to help the less than 2 percent of the population experiencing gambling problems; as well as funding the 1-800-BETS OFF help line, advertising, and 10 gambling counseling centers.
"Iowa has been recognized nationally for having a premier program, and it is imperative to keep it that way," he said. "The bottom line is that going to a casino should be about experiencing the fun and entertainment that is intended. We want people to always remember to use their discretionary budget wisely and to bet with their heads and not over it."
For the 14th consecutive year; the Governor issued a Proclamation designating the August 5-9 Responsible Gaming Education Week. Other worthwhile resources to check out can be found at the IGA's website under the Resources tab.

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