Massachusetts Regulators to Decide on Issue of Limiting time and Money for Gamblers

Massachusetts Regulators to Decide on Issue of Limiting time and Money for Gambl

Though it is a very rarely used strategy for addressing gambling addiction, yet the regulators of Massachusetts may call for casinos to allow their customers to volunteer for a limit on how much money and time they expend on slot machines.

However the proposal has not been taken in good spirit by the recently licensed casino companies on the state which include MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts and Penn National Gaming. They have voiced concerns regarding the proposal saying that this kind of program has not always proved to be effective everywhere.

Such kind of programs which are at times called , limit-setting, play management or pre-commitment programs, exist in casinos of Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Sweden. State officials say, in case brought into effect then, Massachusetts will be the first U. S. state to engage in this type of a program.

The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Stephen Crosby, said that allowing gamblers to chose time limit and monitor their spending is like counting calorie or limiting the amount of alcohol that can be kept at home.

In a letter that he sent to the three casino operators in the state, he said, that he has not made up his mind yet regarding this issue. He words were "Settling limits on activities which might get us in trouble is a reasonable and commonplace activity."