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RISE promoting responsible gaming

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Responsible Gaming Awareness Week is being observed from September 18 to 24. With legislation passed for the development of casinos in Jamaica, add to this the continued expansion of the gaming industry through the increase in games and opportunities to play this week becomes even more significant.

RISE Life Management Services, through its support from the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), continues to lead the charge in ensuring that Jamaica's responsible gaming is on par with all other jurisdictions worldwide and even those with advance gaming industries.

Jamaica leads the way in the Caribbean as RISE's responsible gaming programme is the only such programme in the English-speaking Caribbean. Jamaica leads the way because we initiated the only study on gambling done in the region, The Jamaica Child and Adolescent Gambling Survey 2007. We intend to commission a study on adult gambling in Jamaica as soon as the BGLC gives the green light, and this we hope will be soon.

Further evidence of Jamaica's pioneering work with regard to responsible gaming in the Caribbean is reflected in the establishment of a code of conduct for gaming lounges, inclusive of a Voluntary Exclusion Programme with a national database.

Voluntary Exclusion Programmes allow patrons to request a ban from the gaming lounge as an adjunct to treatment should they feel that they are gambling in a disordered fashion. The national database will allow all gaming lounges islandwide to be able to identify persons registered in the programme should they try to enter a facility.

RICHARD HENRY

RISE Life Management Services