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Gamblers Signing Up For Addiction Prevention Program

The Plainridge casino building and parking lot

Massachusetts gambling regulators say they are encouraged by early numbers from a unique gambling addiction prevention effort that is being tested at the state’s first casino.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said 3,216 people have signed up for the “Play My Way” program at Plainridge Park Casino since its launch in June. 

Mark Vander Linden, the director of Research and Responsible Gaming for the commission said the program allows gamblers through the casino’s reward card program to set voluntary limits on how much to wager.

"This program will provide you with reminders and help support those decisions you have made in advance of your gambling session," explained Vander Linden.

Similar systems have been tried out in other countries, but this is the first in a U.S. casino.

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