MGM Resorts Donates $360,000 To International Center For Responsible Gaming

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, MGM Resorts International has made a $360,000 donation to the International Center for Responsible Gaming. The contribution will directly benefit two 2-year research projects created to further the understanding of problem gambling prevention and the potential risks associated with gambling.

MGM Resorts Makes $360,00 Donation To ICRG

Founded in 1996, the ICRG has become a leader in problem gambling and responsible gambling research. The organization is one of the top sources for research funding, with study findings published in various peer-reviewed scientific journals and paving the way for industry advancements.

This particular donation from MGM will fund gambling addiction research and responsible gambling advancements. Ultimately, the study is intended to help educate various industry-related groups, including:

  • treatment providers
  • researchers
  • advocates
  • operators
  • regulators
  • public policymakers

ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky said:

“We salute MGM Resorts for supporting our research that will answer the many questions we have about the impact of gender on gambling disorder and address the health risks of casino employees. The ICRG is very grateful for the company’s long-standing and continuing support of the ICRG.”

MGM’s Commitment to Responsible Gambling

The rapid growth of online casinos and sports betting across the US has led MGM Resorts to become a proactive leader in problem gambling research and responsible gambling development.

This latest donation is part of MGM Resorts’ greater mission to provide its over 60,000 employees with proper training on the risks associated with gambling.

MGM Resorts Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer Stephen Martino said:

“These research projects are critical to the continued success of the industry and are in the best interest of our guests, company, employees, and the communities where we operate. We’re pleased to continue our financial support of the ICRG and its critical work around responsible gaming best practices.”

Contributing To Player Protection Via GameSense, RG Research

The company is also driven in its ongoing efforts to encourage players to employ responsible gaming techniques via its GameSense program. MGM Resorts obtained licensing for the program in 2017 from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and has been utilizing it ever since.

The company’s BetMGM Casino and BetMGM Sportsbook brands are available in 28 US markets, providing its ever-growing customer base with valuable access to its GameSense program.

MGM Resorts and BetMGM are also official partners of the American Gaming Association’s Have A Game Plan.® Bet Responsibly.™ campaign geared at educating bettors about responsible sports betting.

Ultimately, MGM Resorts looks to apply a unified approach to responsible gambling across its family of brands to enhance player protection, foster discussion, and increase available resources.

The results of this ICRG study will be shared with fellow GameSense program licensees, along with any operators that could benefit from such data.

Alec Cunningham is a lead writer and analyst for She has covered countless online sports betting and casino legislation topics and now specializes in responsible gambling and gambling addiction recovery. In 2022, she served as a panelist at the All-American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry. As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. After working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer, she returned to her love of written word in 2020. Since then, Cunningham's love of sports has led her to become a responsible gambling advocate.

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