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Balance fun with facts at Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Kamloops

25/02/2016

Most adult British Columbians gamble at least once a year, whether they buy a lottery ticket, bet in a casino or gamble online. It’s a popular form of entertainment so it’s important to balance the fun with the facts.

This year, BCLC, in partnership with the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch’s BC Responsible Problem Gambling Program (BC RPGP), Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops will host Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) in Kamloops from February 28 to March 5, 2016.

RGAW is a fun, community-based program aimed at promoting responsible gambling practices and raising awareness about the resources available to help reduce problem gambling.

Local residents can learn the facts and get tips about setting limits while winning prizes at the Ok to Play? RGAW events at Cascades Casino Kamloops on Sunday, February 28 from 12 – 4PM and at Chances Kamloops on Thursday, March 3 from 12 – 4PM. Residents can also check out the Ok to Play? booth at the Kamloops Blazers hockey game on Wednesday, March 2 from 7 – 9PM.

Kamloops is one of six communities across the province hosting a Responsible Gambling Awareness Week from February 14 to April 9. Other communities to host an RGAW this year are Greater Victoria, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Richmond and Fort St John. Find out more

Quotes:

Hon. Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure:
“Our government is proud to be leaders in responsible gambling education and the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. We want everyone who plays games of chance in B.C. to know the risks and make informed choices.”

Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health:
“The vast majority of British Columbians see gambling as entertainment, but a small number struggle with problem gambling. Our government is committed to providing support and treatment services to those who need it.”

Jim Lightbody, President & CEO, BCLC:
“At BCLC, we look out for our players because it’s the right thing to do. This means being transparent and providing our players with the facts about gambling so they can make informed choices. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is one more way we can educate our players so that gambling remains a fun form of entertainment.”

Tony Santo, CEO, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment:
“Cascades Casinos Kamloops is proud to be a part of this initiative. Our players are our business and it is very important to us as the service provider, to ensure gambling is delivered in the most responsible way. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an excellent forum for both our players and our gaming staff. We are looking forward to hosting an event at the Cascades Casino Kamloops.”

Bryce Herman, Director of Marketing, Chances Kamloops:
“Chances Kamloops is in the business of fun and in order to keep it that way, it’s important to us that we ensure our players have the tools and resources to make healthy and responsible gambling choices. We are supporting Responsible Gambling Awareness Week at our gaming facility because healthy customers are happy customers.”

Posted in: media release, news article, problem gambling, responsible gambling