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It’s not all about winning. That’s the message BCLC and the BC Responsible Problem and Gambling Program have been advertising all week.
If you stepped into a casino in Kamloops this week, you may have been greeted by an information booth offering information on responsible gambling.
Booths set up at the Cascade Casino and Chances Casino this week raised awareness of responsible gambling and the resources available for gambling addictions.
“It’s to make people aware of the fact that there is a program,” said Jamie Ferguson with the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program. “Inform people about the odds of gambling and for them to be aware of what can happen.
“You come into a casino and there’s a house advantage, so you come in for entertainment and hopefully to have fun.”
In-person resources available to the public include GameSense Info Centres and Advisors who answer questions about how the games work and provide players with a better sense of the odds.
The province-wide Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program is also another resource they are promoting.
Earlier this week, former B.C. Lions centre and Grey Cup Champion Angus Reid spoke to a BCLC and Chamber of Commerce Luncheon speaking about his gambling addiction and how having the support system and the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program helped him.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is an event taking place throughout the province including stops in Kelowna, Richmond and Fort St. John.