Bally’s Corporation has made a $600,000 donation to the International Center for Responsible Gaming, which will contribute to supporting scientific research on gambling among young people and the effectiveness of responsible gaming tools.
Subsequently, the ICRG will call upon scientists to apply for grants to conduct the research in a highly rigorous competition to ensure the most high-quality studies are undertaken.
ICRG will also sponsor programming that will further the impact of the research’s findings to help provide guidelines to the wider industry for effective RG strategies.
“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,” said ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky.
“The ICRG salutes Bally’s Corporation for making such a huge impact on the field of gambling studies.”
ICRG is a ‘prominent funding source in problem gambling research’ and has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals since its inception in 1996.
The body has helped to inform the industry about the health risks of casino employees and has launched a national campaign to make parents and teachers aware of the problems with youth gambling.
As well as funding research, Bally’s donation will help to fund programs that seek to educate treatment providers, responsible gambling professionals and regulators about gambling disorders and responsible gambling measures.
“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,” added Robeson Reeves, President of Interactive at Bally’s Corporation.
“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.”