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GameSense program working to reduce risk of gambling disorders

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Friday marked the end of Responsible Gaming Education week and with the MGM casino opening in just a matter of weeks, the state's gaming commission is taking step to make sure people gamble responsibly. 

Two weeks are all that's left until MGM's doors open. 

As MGM continues to put their finishing touches on the casino, the state's gaming commission is preparing to launch their new GameSense campaign. 

Leo Florian is the president of the South End Citizens Council.  He said that since the beginning, they have been communicating with MGM to anything ranging from traffic, alcohol sales, and even potential gambling. 

"We're predominately right now, it's a low income neighborhood that the casino is located in and we're concerned that people might be spending money when they should be spending it somewhere else," Florian said.

In hopes of proactively preventing gambling, the state gaming commission has launched GameSense. 

The new program targets players and hopes to instill behaviors and attitudes that reduce the risk of developing gambling disorders. 

Elaine Driscoll with the Mass. Gaming Commission told Western Mass News that GameSense will have an info center, as well as advisers, inside the casino seven days a week. 

The program is the first of its kind in the country. 

"Look at the information available.  It teaches you how to have a good time and don't go beyond your means," Florian added.

In a statement to Western Mass News, MGM Resorts executive vice president of global industry affairs Alan Feldman said: "GameSense has been incredibly successful and we are thrilled to expand the program further at MGM Springfield.  In less than a year, GameSense has already sparked more than 400,000 positive guest interactions at our resorts and has enhanced the scope of responsible gambling culture beyond anything the industry has ever seen."

Florian added, "It's entertainment.  They don't want to see people come out of there that are not happy.  They want you to come back."

Florian told us that if there are issues such as people not paying rent and if he sees an increase in break-ins that may potentially be connected to the casino, he said that they will not hesitate to meet with MGM and find solutions.

For more information on GameSense, CLICK HERE.

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