Gateway Gazette

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (October 13-19)

Campaign reminds all players to keep gambling fun  

AGLC_POSTERS_RAMWhile everyone dreams about winning the big cash prize or jackpot, Albertans are reminded that gambling is entertainment and not a way to make money.  The eighth annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) runs from October 13-19 raising awareness of responsible gambling and the availability of prevention and treatment programs if gambling becomes a problem.

In tandem with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s responsible gambling campaign, a campaign website, playthefacts.com, will give Albertans the opportunity to find more about how the games work, key tips and links on gambling responsibly.  The TAKE 10 mobile app is also available for iPhone and Android users, which allows gambling patrons to access fun ways to take a break from gambling.

The week is promoted in Alberta’s casinos, racing entertainment centres, and vlt locations. It highlights a number of responsible gambling initiatives that educate those involved in gambling – both players and gambling venue staff – about the realities of gambling, including the odds and randomness of different games as well as the myths and facts about the actual costs of play.

Partners in Responsible Gambling Awareness Week include the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, the Alberta Charitable Casino Operators, the Alberta Lodging & Hotel Association, Restaurants Canada and Bingo Alberta.

For more information about the week and its events as well as responsible and problem gambling resources, visit setalimitalberta.ca or aglc.ca.  If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the Alberta Health Services Addiction Line at 1-866-332-2322.

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