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Massachusetts to test the nation's first slots tech geared towards curbing gambling addiction

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Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 by "T".

When it comes to gambling, are you a control freak? You know, the point in which you initially tell yourself that you will definitely stop playing as soon as you've reached your specified limit? That limit can either be time or money restrictions, but the important thing is, you stop playing to avoid going overboard and regretting your actions in the end.

Let's face it - all of us have at some point can get easily carried away, and in some cases, it had to be at a casino or other types of areas offering a type of gambling activity such as betting, mahjong, card games, dice games, etc. Fortunately, in US slots machines, there is now a way to control yourself and avoid feeding your gambling addiction (should you have it), or to prevent yourself from developing some problematic gambling behavior.

The new slots parlor of Penn National Gaming in Massachusetts is actually the first US gaming location to test a "pre-commitment" technology which aims to control or minimize gambling addiction issues. In other words, this new slots technology is geared towards helping gamblers to know when to stop. On March 17, Thursday, MGC (Massachusetts Gaming Commission) stated that Plainridge Park Casino, which opened its doors last June and became the state's first brick-and-mortar gaming spot, will install the pre-commitment technology called Play My Way at the end of May.

Play My Way is a technology developed in Massachusetts using the funds contributed by the state's new casino licensees. By inserting their casino reward card into a machine before they start playing, the technology allows slot players to set limits on how much money they prefer to spend in any gambling session.

When the player reaches half or 50% of their preferred gambling spend, the machine will automatically notify them by displaying a reminder on the screen. Such reminders will also appear on the screen again when the player reaches the 75% mark and another when the preset limit is reached.

But of course, reaching the set limit does not ban a gambler from playing further. The limits can also be adjusted while playing and players can opt out at any time from the system.

If Play My Way proves to be valuable in reducing gambling excesses, Massachusetts' other in-development casinos (Mashpee Wampanoag's First Light Casino, Wynn Resorts' Wynn Boston Harbor, and Wynn Resorts' Wynn Boston Harbor) would also be required to implement this slots technology once their facilities open.
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source: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/03/slots_technology_aims_to_help_gamblers_know_when_to_stop

 

 


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5 comments for "Massachusetts to test the nation''s first slots tech geared towards curbing gambling addiction"

 dirkemans3/29/2016 9:07:49 AM GMT
It's nothing new really...just kind of new to Land Based Casino's, but there are plenty of Online Slots that have such reminders, and the option to set loss or even win limits! Anyway, good it finally found it's way back to the origin of Online slots Smile
 marqis3/29/2016 12:09:55 PM GMT
But of course, reaching the set limit does not ban a gambler from playing further. The limits can also be adjusted while playing and players can opt out at any time from the system.

That sounds ridiculous. I can't believe this would be effective at all. It should at least shut you out for a period of time.
The limits set in a poker/casino client don't work that way do they? I thought that once you've reached your limit you can't deposit for a while?
 dirkemans3/29/2016 8:35:20 PM GMT
That differs per Casino, but basically, if they comply with Regulatory Bodies such as for instance the UKGC, the MGA or Kahnawake, then yes, the deposit limits and/or Self Exclusion/Take a Break options do have a cooling off period - once reached or initiated - before you can change them. I believe these Land Based options you quoted, are indeed a bit ridiculous in terms of "protection", as it's more of a reminder than anything else.

But the example i meant, was that this is also something that is normal in many Casino's, that reminds you how long you played and what you wagered and won/lost, mostly once per hour, in the form of a pop up.

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The two missing words after "per" in the first sentence, and between "many"and the "s" in the last sentence: ca-sin-o Big Smile

If that wasn't already obvious/
 bowie19843/30/2016 1:12:39 PM GMT
Posted by marqis:
But of course, reaching the set limit does not ban a gambler from playing further. The limits can also be adjusted while playing and players can opt out at any time from the system.

That sounds ridiculous. I can't believe this would be effective at all. It should at least shut you out for a period of time.

Agree. Some place online even displays messages about how long you logged in and how much you lost during that period. And I don't think that helps at all tbh, once somebody in the downward spiral only a power outage could help him imo.
 dirkemans3/30/2016 1:47:37 PM GMT
I agree that for totally extreme problem gamblers it would not help one iota..then again nothing will, save for incarceration w/o i-net and such Big Smile

But, for normal players, a reality check every hour is not bad at all, and can actually help someone at times...

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