Responsible gaming is an issue of prime importance to the gaming industry, and the AGA, its member companies and their employees are committed to making responsible gaming a priority. By funding scientific, peer-reviewed research on gambling disorders, following the guidelines of the AGA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming and educating the public about the odds of games and making responsible decisions about when and how to gamble, the gaming industry demonstrates that responsible gaming is a fundamental part of how it does business.
Although the vast majority of Americans are able to gamble responsibly, a small percentage of people – approximately 1 percent of the adult population – cannot. The industry recognizes how serious this is and is taking concrete steps to address it. As part of their commitment to responsible gaming, members of the commercial casino industry work with a wide variety of stakeholders – problem gambling researchers, treatment providers, state problem gambling councils and government and community leaders – to make sure that those people who cannot gamble responsibly get the help they need and those who can understand the importance of gambling responsibly.
Gaming is, first and foremost, an entertainment industry, and members of the gaming industry want everyone who visits a casino to be there for the right reasons—to simply have fun. The industry doesn’t want people who don’t gamble responsibly to play at its casinos, period.
Explore this section of the AGA website to learn more about the responsible gaming programs and resources developed by the AGA.