Questions - Responsible Gambling
What programs does the AGLC have to educate and inform the playing public about responsible gambling?
On its own and in conjunction with industry partners, the AGLC has
initiated the following responsible gambling educational programs:
Us In: A mandatory training program for all casino
and Racing Entertainment Centre (REC) staff. The Deal Us
In program provides casino and REC staff with the knowledge
and skills to help recognize and provide guidance to gamblers
in their venues who may be experiencing problems as a result
of their gambling.
Facts: The Reel Facts online training program
was developed to instruct employees in licensed establishments
with VLTs about responsible gambling, what it is and how to
promote healthy attitudes towards gambling.
- GameSense Info Centres: Staffed by an AGLC representative,
these in-casino kiosks are equipped with public education materials
that provide gamblers with information about the cost of play,
house advantage and the Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) program.
GameSense Info Centreadvisors are available for discussions about responsible and
problem gambling and provide support and referrals.
Awareness Terminal (PAT): Placed in GameSense Info Centres, the PAT features
a series of interactive screens that offer players a self-test,
myths and tips on how to develop safe and responsible gambling
guidelines and behaviours.
Program: The Self-Exclusion program is designed
for people who feel it is in their best interests to take a break
from gambling. By submitting an application to the AGLC, participants
can voluntarily agree to be excluded from entering all Alberta
casinos and RECs for a specified time period.
Gambling Awareness Week: First launched in October, 2007,
this annual provincial event is intended to educate and inform
Alberta’s gambling public about the need to gamble responsibly
and to prevent problem gambling.
Where can I get more
information on the Self-Exclusion Program?
GameSense Info Centre advisors and security staff at casino and racing entertainment or AGLC offices in St Albert and Calgary can provide information on the Self-Exclusion program and assist with enrollment.
Participants in the Self-Exclusion program can request exclusion from casino/RECs for time periods ranging from six months to five years. The program is administered by the AGLC and enforced by casino security staff.
For more information on this program, contact the AGLC Social Responsibility
Branch in the St. Albert office at 780-447-7582 or
during business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding
Where can I find more information about problem gambling?
Some of the warning
signs of problem gambling are described on this website, as
are the myths
vs. facts of electronic gambling and tips
on responsible gambling.
If you are concerned
or want to talk with someone about your gambling or the gambling
behaviour of a friend or relative, call the AHS toll-free problem
gambling help-line at 1-866-332-2322 or contact your local AHS office.
What is the VLT Responsible Gambling Awards Program?
The VLT Responsible Gambling
Awards program features mandatory and voluntary components, all of
which equip VLT retailers and their staff with the information and
education to help their customers understand what responsible gambling
is, and the behaviours associated with it. The program training helps
VLT retail staff enable patrons to make informed choices about gambling,
and set their own limits. VLT retailers fulfilling both the mandatory
and voluntary components will be identified as a Responsible Gambling
venue and as such, are eligible for the yearly VLT Responsible Gambling
What percentage of Albertans are problem gamblers?
While 82% of adult Albertans have gambled, problem gambling research
estimates 1.3% of adults are at high risk of becoming problem gamblers.
Another 3.9% are at moderate risk of developing gambling problems
and 9.8% are at low risk of developing gambling problems. (Canadian
Problem Gambling Index Survey - 2002)
Does the AGLC have a policy regarding the location of ATMs in premises with VLTs?
Since July 2006, AGLC policy has dictated that all ATMs must be
a minimum of 15 feet from the nearest VLT. Where physically possible,
the ATM should be situated in an area not visible from the VLT playing
What is the purpose of ensuring that ATMs are 15 feet away from VLTs?
Research indicates that problem gamblers access ATMs twice as often
as recreational gamblers. The 15 feet between an ATM and VLT may
provide patrons with time to re-think their decision to withdraw
more funds and encourage patrons to gamble responsibly.