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.