View Poll Results: Do you support problem gambling initiatives or organizations?

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  • No, I currently don't do anything in this area.

    3 14.29%
  • Yes, I currently provide some links or information about problem gambling resources on my websites.

    15 71.43%
  • Yes, I currently provide support of some sort other than links or resources on my websites.

    2 9.52%
  • Yes, both links or information on my websites and some other form of support beyond that as well.

    1 4.76%
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    Question Do you support problem gambling initiatives or organizations?

    Yesterday Vin and I attended a working group meeting of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Over the years I've tried to be concerned about responsible gambling related issues, and supporting organizations that try to help those in need. But attending a working meeting on the topic, and at that meeting listening to someone who described in detail their experience and the challenges they still face over a decade after they successfully quit gambling certainly has provided me further food for thought.

    For this week's poll I'd like to ask if folks currently have initiatives in place to help those in need. Maybe you provide links to appropriate organizations on your websites. Maybe you provide support in some fashion. Or maybe you have thought about doing that in the future.

    Besides voting in the poll, please share in words what you currently do, or any ideas about what you or the GPWA might do in this area.

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    I dont but then I follow the lead from my state in the good ole U.S. of A.

    a person can get public assistance and go to the corner store and play a daily number for any amount they want or even play "keno" most of the day and be broke and not have food for the Family !
    But a working Man or Woman can not bet $10. on the Giants to win or even play a $5. buy in at an (insert paid advertizing link) online poker site for a bit of relaxing after a hard day at work making money and paying taxes

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    Hi smoking
    I totally agreed.on your point of vie

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    I link to gambleaware.co.uk in the footer of most of my sites and have the occasional article about it, nothing beyond this though at the moment.

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    I believe providing a link to support resources is a legal requirement in the UK.

    Beyond that, users generally have much more of a relationship with the operator than the affiliate site, so surely most responsibility has to be with the operator in terms of self exclusion, limits etc.

    I've thought about donating to a support charity. I need to look at them in a bit more detail before deciding.

    I feel terrible for addicts, but ultimately people come to my sites because they have made a conscious choice to gamble, and they are responsible for that choice.

    Clearly support needs to be available, but I'm not qualified to offer it, so I think links to the various charities are much more appropriate. You don't see pub landlords offering support for alcoholics...
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    I provide a link, as well as a disclaimer. Gambling should be a leisure activity, with money you can afford to lose (doesn't matter if it's 5-6 digits, some people can afford that too).

    Beyond that, it's the operator that has to step in if they see some sort of an addiction.
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    We provide resources and information in the form of articles on problem gambling and support for addicted gamblers, and include support organisations, with links, on our list of Associations and Organisations in our directory: http://www.onlinecasinoreports.com/d...organizations/

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    I really think it depends on what type of affiliate site you're running whether this is important or not. Many affiliate sites don't see much return traffic and as the visitors are unlikely to land their looking for help with problem gambling it's hard to see why they'd take any notice of it. If you're looking to build a site that will have return traffic i think it's crucial - both for you and your readership - to include information on problem gambling. You never know when one of your visitors might find themselves in trouble and in need of direction and beyond that it builds trust with your readership.
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    We provide a link for those that may have gambling issue.
    The most important factor is to be able to recognize signs that indicate that may have a problem.
    So the following list must be provided as an article with a reference link to gambleaware for further assistance!

    Signs of problem gambling

    •Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford.
    •Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling.
    •Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling.
    •Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies like going out with friends or spending time with family.
    •Always thinking or talking about gambling.
    •Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people.
    •Chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble.
    •Gambling until all of your money is gone.
    •Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling.
    •Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz.
    •Neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling.
    •Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

    We want our players to be healthy and enjoying gambling!

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    Clearly the operators who have the contractual and day-to-day relationship with the players have far more responsibility and obligations when it comes to responsible gaming.

    That said I do have a gambleaware and gamcare link on my website. I think it's important that if we're to survive as an industry we're seen to be responsible, at the very least making an effort.

    In many countries gaming is still considered illegal because of concerns over public welfare, so if we want markets to open up we need to show that as an industry we can be trusted.

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    Affiliates should provide this information to players. It makes the industry look better and show that people don't just care about making money from people if they might have a gambling addiction. Affiliates should be obligated to provide this to there players.

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    Yes, I support, I think it's very important to provide this kind of information to players (at least links to the source).

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    I agree with grem - I have some links and some articles with more information (probably not enough!)

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    Links on every page to GA and we list all the problem gambling help sites in a special problem gambling category.

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