Agreement with British Columbia Lottery Corporation coincides with beginning of Problem Gambling Awareness Month
LAS VEGAS (March 1, 2023) – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and BetMGM announced today a five-year contract extension with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and its industry-leading responsible gaming program, GameSense. The program, which BCLC first licensed to MGM Resorts in 2017, enhances MGM Resorts’ and BetMGM’s guest and customer service models by focusing on positive, transparent and supportive conversations with players about how to gamble responsibly.
In line with the contract extension, MGM Resorts and BCLC will reveal additional information regarding a commitment to responsible gaming research, March 6-8 during the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling Conference in Vancouver, B.C. This announcement comes as MGM Resorts and BetMGM join the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in promoting Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout March.
Bill Hornbuckle - CEO & President, MGM Resorts International
Pat Davis - President & CEO, BCLC
BetMGM fully integrated GameSense into its desktop and mobile platforms last year, providing customers with the same experience they receive at MGM Resorts properties nationwide. GameSense’s integration into BetMGM offers players information on how to set responsible gaming limits, while dispelling common gambling misconceptions.
It also explains the basic rules to understand how gambling works and gives easily accessible resources for customers and their families to receive support and assistance for anyone concerned about problem gambling. Since incorporating GameSense into its platform, BetMGM has provided responsible gaming information to more than 100,000 customers each month through website visits and direct email correspondence.
Adam Greenblatt - CEO, BetMGM
GameSense signage also continues to be displayed prominently throughout MGM Resorts properties and on marquees. In addition, GameSense messaging and responsible gaming tips are being delivered to guests on more than 35,000 television screens in MGM Resorts hotel rooms across the country. The Company’s casino floors also feature more than 22,000 slot machines that display GameSense reminders, with 8,500 machines featuring QR codes that offer access to responsible gaming information and educational materials from GameSense.
- MGM Resorts and BetMGM provide all employees with comprehensive and research-based responsible gaming training throughout the year. This training empowers employees to proactively promote responsible play and address problem gambling concerns through GameSense.
- The MGM Resorts responsible gaming employee training program recently expanded with more than 62,000 employees receiving GameSense training in the past year. Of those, more than 300 employees have received the program’s highest level of training, earning the title of GameSense Advisor. These GameSense Advisors are staffed at each MGM Rewards desk across the country, ready to provide assistance and support to guests and their families. 2022 also marked a milestone for employee training at BetMGM. The company completed training of more than 1,000 employees on essential and advanced GameSense practices, while continuing to add to its team of GameSense Advisors.
- BetMGM recently announced a new pledge to prominently feature responsible gaming messages, developed in partnership with GameSense, in its marketing and advertising campaigns.
- As part of the pledge, responsible gaming messaging is now featured within BetMGM’s mobile app and within BetMGM advertisements ranging from billboard marketing to television, print and radio ads across the U.S. and Canada.
- Responsible gaming messages and banners are also now incorporated into BetMGM’s digital and social platforms, as well as on property signage within physical BetMGM Sportsbooks.
- Also, every new BetMGM online customer receives a GameSense welcome kit.
- MGM Resorts and BetMGM continue in their partnership with the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Have A Game Plan. ® Bet Responsibly.™ public service campaign to educate new and seasoned bettors on responsible, legal sports wagering.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 31 unique hotel and gaming destinations globally, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The Company’s 50/50 venture, BetMGM, LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker, and the Company’s subsidiary LeoVegas AB offers sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands in several jurisdictions throughout Europe. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” philosophy, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.
BetMGM is a market leading sports betting and gaming entertainment company, pioneering the online gaming industry. Born out of a partnership between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Entain Plc (LSE: ENT), BetMGM has exclusive access to all of MGM’s U.S. land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online gaming businesses. Utilizing Entain’s US-licensed, state of the art technology, BetMGM offers sports betting and online gaming via market leading brands including BetMGM, Borgata Casino, Party Casino and Party Poker. Founded in 2018, BetMGM is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, visit https://www.betmgm.com/.
About British Columbia Lottery Corporation
BCLC is a social purpose company based in British Columbia, Canada that is committed to delivering win-wins for the greater good while providing lottery, casino and sports gambling entertainment in a way that serves the best interests of its players, the province and society. Last year, BCLC generated more than $1.3 billion in net income to benefit provincial and community programs, including healthcare, education and charities across British Columbia, Canada.
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