Local casinos, racetracks team up to promote responsible gaming

(FOX19) - Pathological gamblers often hide their addiction until they hit rock bottom. Then they reach out for help, but often time don't know where to go.

Local casinos and horsetracks are teaming up for Responsible Gaming Education Week. The groups offer ways to assist problem and pathological gamblers as they seek help.

The Responsible Gaming Education Week is planned by a coalition of the gaming industry, the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Kentucky's certified gambling counselors and the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.

The 2013 theme for the week is 'At rock bottom? Hope is here!'

Debuting during the week is a new website presenting basic information on problem solving, self-tests to assess whether there is a gambling problem and referral options to certified gambler counselors and Gamblers Anonymous.

Not to be forgotten is the 1-800-GAMBLER help line service. Callers can receive telephone counseling, including crisis intervention.

Five educational programs will be held throughout the week. For details on class times, click HERE.

Problem solving experts have developed a simple self-test to determine whether there is a likelihood someone may have a gambling problem. Answering 'yes' to either of these questions indicates possible problem gambling behavior. It is recommended that anyone answering 'yes' to either of these questions to seek consultation.

1. Have you ever felt the need to bet more money?

2. Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled?

In Kentucky, a 2008 survey conducted by the Kentucky Council of Problem Gambling determined there were 9,000 pathological gamblers, 50,000 problem gamblers and an additional 19,000 individuals at risk of developing a gambling problem.

Local industry participants include the Kentucky Lottery Corp., the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming, Ellis Park, Keeneland Race Course, Kentucky Downs, Belterra Casino Resort, Harrah's Metropolis Casino, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Horseshoe Casino Indiana and Rising Star Casino.

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