MGM Resorts has issued a $250,000 grant to the International Center for Responsible Gaming to support research and education on gambling disorder and responsible gambling.
The grant comes as MGM continues its efforts in promoting Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout March, which has also been achieved through its responsible gaming program, GameSense.
“Gaming operators share an obligation to maintain high standards that contribute to the well-being of our industry,” commented Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO & President.
“We believe the ICRG’s research will complement our commitment to GameSense, guide the advancement of responsible gaming, and help us improve the ways we engage with our guests to promote healthy play.
“As sports betting and igaming become more widely accessible, it’s important that we strengthen our commitment to providing a safe experience for everyone, whether they’re playing at one of our casino resorts or through one of our apps.”
The ICRG, established in 1996, says that the donation will help fund several programs designed to educate treatment providers, responsible gambling professionals, regulators and public policy makers about gambling disorder and responsible gambling.
“As one of our original donors, MGM Resorts International has literally helped create the field of study on gambling addiction and responsible gambling,” said ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky. “We are deeply grateful for their continuing support of efforts to effectively prevent and treat gambling disorder.”
As mobile sports betting and igaming continue to expand rapidly across the country, the ICRG is focused on collaborating with key operators, such as MGM, to bring a focused approach to research and education aimed at protecting vulnerable populations.