Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Finishes with Call to Action

Written By Janice Doughtrey

The responsible gambling awareness week wrapped up this year’s theme of ‘No Regrets’ by encouraging gamblers to plan ahead with both their time and money.  The theme is a call to action to prevent problem gambling from getting out of hand for people who face problems and addictions to the thrill of chasing a high they say.

Heather Ly of the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) of Ontario wrapped up her post at Casino Rama yesterday as the awareness campaign came to a close.  She said the goal of the campaign was to make the public more aware of how even gambling small bets at a time can add up to a lot of money in the long run.

“What we’re trying to do is educate the public on ways to keep gaming safe.”

Ly says roughly one in ten of Ontarian families have a problem gambler among them, statistics she says reflect the problem in other provinces across the country.  In the surrounding region of Orillia where Casino Rama is situated, Ly says the numbers translate into thousands of people who battle addictive gambling each year.

“Small bets do add up.”

The campaign is called ‘No Regrets’ for a reason to make players understand that it’s ok to gamble but it is important to set limits on how much they put down.  The RGC campaign may only last a week but it is something that should stay in the backs of players minds as they visit a casino land based or online.  If it feels like gambling is taking up more of your time and money than it should perhaps it means you should take a step back from your trips to the casino and focus on getting the addiction under control.