The American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a reminder to members regarding its forthcoming Responsible Gambling Education Week (RGEW), citing the initiative as an ‘integral part of daily industry operations’. 

Taking place from September 13 to September 19, the event is set to bring together industry experts and regulators, as well as other key stakeholders to promote transparency and gaming literacy while showcasing the organisation’s ‘everyday commitment to responsible gaming’. 

The theme for this year’s event centers around the AGA’s Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly campaign which aims to educate both new consumers as well as experienced bettors on responsible sports wagering. 

A statement released by the association read: “The expansion of legal sports betting in the United States offers sports fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite teams and leagues in a new and fun way. The American Gaming Association and our members are committed to making sure you’re playing safely and responsibly. Let’s keep sports betting fun…have a game plan to bet responsibly.”

The campaign looks to educate bettors to self diagnose the potential signs which indicate it may be time to step away from sports betting. Examples of these signs provided by the AGA are:

  • Sports betting for longer and longer periods of time
  • Lying about the extent of sports betting involved
  • Often missing work or school to wager
  • Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to wager
  • Using sports betting as an escape
  • Wagering with money needed for paying bills
  • Believing the “big win” will bring sports betting under control

For more information, individuals can take the ten-question self-assessment provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling or call the 24-hour confidential hotline on 1-800-522-4700.