Bally’s Corporation has donated $600,000 to the International Center for Responsible Gaming, a non-profit organization specializing in the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm.
As legal casinos and sports betting grow in popularity, education and scientific research on gambling among young adults and the usage of responsible gambling tools are more critical than ever. And as more states are legalizing gaming options, the ICRG is taking the lead in addressing issues that come up.
With this grant, Bally’s is taking a significant step toward helping understand the health risks of young gamblers.
Robeson Reeves, the president of Interactive at Bally’s, shared that the donation was part of the company’s mission and responsibility to prevent gambling harm and problem gambling among players. He said:
“We take seriously our responsibility to educate the public, including young adult gamblers, and our employees about responsible gaming, Bally’s is committed to this work. We look forward to working with ICRG on cutting-edge scientific research on gambling among young adults and the usage and effectiveness of responsible gambling tools.”
What the donation will do in the field of responsible gambling
The donation to ICRG will help support years of scientific research on gambling among young adults and the effectiveness of tools.
The ICRG offers portions of the donation as grants to scientists within the gambling field. Scientists from all over the world will be invited to apply for a grant supported by this donation. A thorough selection process is to follow, ensuring the non-profit organization funds the highest quality research.
ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky said:
“With this grant, Bally’s Corporation has taken a giant stride toward understanding the health risks of young adult gamblers and improving the effectiveness of existing responsible gambling tools. The ICRG salutes Bally’s Corporation for making such a huge impact on the field of gambling studies.”
As online casino and sports betting apps continue to expand in the US and worldwide, the ICRG focuses on partnering with major global operators like Bally’s on funding scientific research to support and protect vulnerable groups.
ICRG constantly looks to recruit experts willing to work on research topics regarding the activity of the Center.
ICRG received three more donations this year
Bally’s Corporation isn’t the only gambling operator that donated a generous amount to the International Center for Responsible Gaming.
So far, other online gambling companies have sent support in order to confront gambling addiction and try to help understand the issue across the industry.
In February, Las Vegas Sands made a $300,000 contribution to developing tutorials and guidelines for parents who suspect their children are showing signs of gambling addiction.
Likewise, in March, MGM Resorts donated $250,000 to the organization aiming to support research and education on gambling disorders and responsible gambling. For the same purpose, Caesars Entertainment made a $200,000 donation to ICRG in May.
ICRG will host its 23rd conference on gambling and addiction
Presented by the International Center for Responsible Gaming in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo, the 23rd annual ICRG conference on gambling and addiction is scheduled for October 9-10, 2022.
The conference is held at the Venetian Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. It will feature a science-based forum with the latest research on gambling disorders and responsible gambling.
Some of the speakers are:
- Cassie Anderson, program & support services director, Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, and enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Indians
- Arthur Paikowsky, president, ICRG
- David Hodgins, professor of psychology at the University of Calgary and member of ICRG’s Scientific Advisory Board
- Kathy Scanian, former executive director, Massachusetts Council of Compulsive Gambling and Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators
- Peter Cohen, director of regulatory affairs, The Agenda Group
- Jaime Costello, director of programs, National Council on Problem Gambling
- David Forman, VP of research, American Gaming Association