Many people have been exposed to gambling in the U.S with the rise of types of gambling. As a result, gambling problems are on the rise, and there is a need to help those prone to these problems. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Executive Director Keith was engaged in an interview to talk about the matter.
Whyte said the history of responsible gambling in the United States was not very positive. Statistics show that there is still 20% of States that did not put any public money into problem gambling programs. Similarly, some private major casino companies did not have a dedicated, responsible gambling person, and still, others did not have employee training. Therefore, the safety net was not nearly as complete as it should be.
The executive director said that the U.S could learn from the U.K. by investing in problem gambling resources. He said one of the biggest challenges was that they were building, expanding sports betting on a creaky infrastructure. So many states had not done anything or had done very little with problem gambling, hence the foundation was a little shaky, and sports betting came up with some additional risk.
Responding to a question on who should be responsible for dealing with problem gambling, Whyte pointed out the operators and vendors because they were the people monetizing that issue, and ought to be putting some money back into it to make sure that they were being covered.
Whyte also said the NCPG was trying to do their part, but they needed more buy-in from all parties involved. NCPG had a set of responsible internet gambling center since 2012, but most operators and vendors had chosen not to be certified against them.
Whyte said they believed technology could be really protective, but they had actually to do it intentionally. Unfortunately, most people were waiting to be regulated and they would be regulated a lot, worse than voluntarily getting ahead of things. Again they were pro technology, but they had to have partners to really make it happen.
In conclusion, Whyte said they were neutral on legalized gambling since 1972, and the door was open for the people who were willing to work with them. Besides, he said they were nonprofit as they received no government funding, so they’re 100 percent membership funded. He noted that they had been through a long history of being very productive, solution-focused, and ready to help those who wanted to be helped.