Las Vegas promotes “Responsible Gaming”
By Paul
This week is Responsible Gaming Education Week in Las Vegas. The city's biggest businesses plan to mark the annual problem gambling awareness event with a variety of activities and campaigns.

The most significant event is scheduled for Tuesday, when Nevada Resort Association Chairman Tom Gallagher is expected to join the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling in announcing a new campaign.

Details of the initiative aren’t available until Tuesday, but the plan is expected to be a exhortation to employers in and out of the casino industry to educate their workers about problem gambling.

Many Las Vegas casino operators plan their own problem gambling awareness events next week, although each operator's executives said their companies promote problem gambling awareness year round.

Underage gambling is a prominent theme this year, with Station Casinos, for example, running a promotional campaign inside its properties. Posters in public areas of Station's casinos advise patrons: 'If you don't show your license we could lose ours,' and in the back-of-the-house areas the posters say: 'If you don't check their license we could lose ours.'

MGM Mirage also plans an interesting underage gambling prevention effort at some of its Las Vegas properties.

Top casino executives provided photos of themselves as teenagers and young adults, used in a contest for employees. Workers guess whether the pictured executives were under 21 or 21-and-over, MGM Mirage spokeswoman Shelly Mansholt said.

'It's fun, but it reinforces a serious message,' Mansholt said.

Harrah's Entertainment created a series of problem gambling-themed videos that will play in employees' break rooms, spokesman David Strow said.

Park Place Entertainment is hosting recovered problem gambler Arnie Wexler, who will address large groups of company workers in Monday and Tuesday seminars at Paris Las Vegas.

Park Place managers and supervisors will also meet with Wexler for problem gambling training sessions, spokeswoman Debbie Munch said.

Mandalay Resort Group workers will sport buttons advising patrons that it's Responsible Gaming Education Week, spokesman John Marz said.

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