Massachusetts regulator hosts gambling research conference

May 20, 2024
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Experts from various fields addressed the importance of healthy game play.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health recently held a conference addressing responsible gaming and research. Experts from the healthcare, academic and industry sectors, along with those in government came together to discuss gambling research.

The conference specifically focused on “the potential to establish a game plan to promote healthy play, strengthen consumer protections and provide consumers with essential resources.”

Commission Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden briefly discussed the regulator’s focus on collecting data.

He said, “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is committed to researching the impacts gambling has on the state and region to inform policy making.

“Our goal is to make this research available to stakeholders and policy makers across the country so we can learn together and help provide the most impactful services and programs for those who choose to gamble and their loved ones.”  

The conference brought together a group of diverse stakeholders. Its organizers sought to address “the priorities underway in the states across New England and the focus necessary to impact the national conversation on responsible gaming.”

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Interim Chair Jordan Maynard commented, “Sports wagering and gambling are here as are the benefits those industries bring such as entertainment, jobs and revenue, but addiction is real and the harms to those suffering and their loved ones is devastating.

“This group of stakeholders – regulators, industry, healthcare professionals and academics – coming together is how we can address the issues impacting our residents. By committing to what works and putting funding behind research and programs that have a real impact, we can help those in need and continue pushing the national conversation forward.”


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