Responsible Gambling Council Newscan
Volume 14 | Issue 16
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, May 2011

Marina Bay Sands and ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

Do Responsible Gambling Programs Undermine Gaming Profits?

by Jon Kelly, CEO, Responsible Gambling Council

There is a worry, sometimes spoken and often unspoken, that responsible gambling (RG) programs undermine the profitability of gaming companies. And profit is, of course, a legitimate concern for anyone running a business. But the answers to this question are not straightforward. Many factors are involved, not the least of which is the quality of the RG programs.

Having said this, anyone concerned about RG and profits might usefully look at the Singapore experience.


Tell us what you think.

Responsible gambling programs undermine gaming revenue.

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What's New at RGC
RG Check

Building Capacity for Accreditation

To meet the increasing demand in the RG Check accreditation program, RGC will welcome two new members to the team, Fiona Wang and Claire Loucks, in early May.


Last Week's Poll Results

Last week, we wanted to know if you agree that contests have a legitimate place in problem gambling awareness campaigns.

Here's what you told us. While certainly not scientific, this almost-even split suggests that there is some uncertainty on this subject.

            Poll Results: Contest or No Contest

April 23, 2012

Comings and Goings

Mise sur toi is pleased to announce that Isabelle Martin, Ph.D., has recently joined its team as Director, Training and Research Projects.

Since 2009, Ms. Martin held the position of research professional in the Drug Addiction service of the Département des sciences de la santé communautaire at Université de Sherbrooke and at the Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Charles LeMoyne. Prior to that, she was the researcher in charge of prevention at McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours.


Request For Proposals: Manitoba Gambling Research Program

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program is now accepting proposals and grant applications from across Canada in 2 categories.  

  • Research Grants: Small Grants (up to $50,000). Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2012.
  • Conference Grants (up to $2,000) are accepted year-round.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC) Studentship Awards

Masters and Doctorate awards, as well as the Post-Doctorate fellowship, are available.

The purpose of the Studentship Program is to develop the capacity in Ontario to conduct problem gambling research. OPGRC provides financial support to students who undertake problem gambling research as part of their graduate studies program and show promise for a career in problem gambling research.

Please note that the application requirements and process have been revised since the last solicitation.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Call For Abstracts: 9th European Conference On Gambling Studies And Policy Issues

The 9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues—From Fantasies and Feelings to Facts in the Future—scheduled for September 18-21 in Loutraki, Greece, is accepting abstract submissions.

This Conference, hosted by the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG), will bring together experts from all over the world and from a wide variety of disciplines.

DEADLINE: May 18, 2012

Call For Applications: Canadian Consortium For Gambling Reasearch

The Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research (CCGR) is soliciting research applications for the following topic:

  • Development and validation of a gambling participation instrument.

The goal of the research is to develop a validated instrument that measures gambling participation for use in general population surveys. 

DEADLINE: August 1, 2012

Call For Papers: First Asia Pacific Conference On Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS) would like to invite you to submit your papers/abstracts for the First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research (APCG2012), which will be held between 5-8 November 2012, in Macao, China.

Research on gambling and commercial gaming from perspectives in the following fields are welcome:

  • psychology
  • law and regulation
  • marketing and management
  • economics
  • public policy
  • medical science
  • ...and others


Call For Applications: MLSYA Data Access Program

As of April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Longitudinal Study of Young Adults (MLSYA) Data Access Program began accepting applications from Manitoba researchers who would like to use this unique dataset for their own research studies.

The MLSYA followed a longitudinal sample (n=679) of 18 to 20 year olds from across Manitoba over a five year period from 2007 to 2011. 

Call for submission

Recent News

April 27, 2012

Potential reprieve for Fort Erie slots? - St. Catharines Standard

April 27, 2012

Lottery Corp not anxious to talk about potential Luongo trade - Vancouver Sun » Sports

April 27, 2012

Boyd pushes loyalty program into social gaming realm - Casino Journal

April 27, 2012

Can Steve Wynn Beat the Odds in Massachusetts? - BusinessWeek

April 26, 2012

Casino offers system to track problem gamblers - New Zealand Herald

April 26, 2012

Hong Kong's Galaxy unveils plans to double size of flagship Macau casino in $2.1B expansion - Bonnyville Nouville

April 26, 2012

Court settles wrangle over definition of gambling - New Zealand Herald

April 26, 2012

‘People believe they can turn €500 into €5,000' - Irish Examiner

April 25, 2012

In Florida, gambling is gambling, except when it's not - Miami Herald

April 25, 2012

Cantor Gaming and Locaid Extend Mobile Gaming Beyond Casino Floor - San Francisco Chronicle

April 25, 2012

Survey shows Labor voters want pokie reform - ABC Online

April 24, 2012

Pokie takings steady even as machine numbers cut - New Zealand Herald

April 24, 2012

Impulsive Tots at Risk for Gambling Problems Later: Study -

April 24, 2012 Debuts Innovative New Video Slot - Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2012

Campaign busts myths on the pokies - ABC Online

April 23, 2012

Most Aussies want pokies reform - survey -

April 23, 2012

Ministers said no to higher gambling levy for SkyCity - New Zealand Herald

April 23, 2012

Gambling expert calls for government to ethically and morally on pokie reforms - Health Canal

April 23, 2012

PM dismisses SkyCity pokie deal concerns - ONE News

April 22, 2012

Push for pokies to be standing room only -

Upcoming Events

April 30-May 1, 2012

9th Annual Minnesota Problem Gambling Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

May 9-12, 2012

New York Council on Problem Gambling 2012 Annual Problem Gambling Conference 

Albany, New York, USA

May 21, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Designing a Successful Problem Gambling Prevention Program (Webinar)


June 6-8, 2012

9th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

June 15, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Youth Gambling: From Research to Practice (Webinar)


July 13-14, 2012

26th National Conference on Problem Gambling

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

September 18-22, 2012

9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues 

Loutraki, Greece

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