It is the policy of IGT to manage its business and conduct its activities in a manner that recognises the necessity for programs and policies that address problem gambling in an enlightened and appropriate fashion. It is further the policy of IGT to actively promote responsible gaming to our employees, our customers, and the public at large, as well as to support those agencies and programs committed to researching, preventing and treating problem and pathological gambling.
- Educate our employees about symptoms and signs of problem gambling.
- Educate our employees about their ability to utilise the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help address any gambling-related problems they may have.
- Educate our customers about the need to develop responsible gaming practices within their organisations and the communities where they operate.
- Support and participate in the efforts of agencies and programs that are working to address problem gambling.
- Raise awareness among public policy makers that the issue of problem gambling can and should be addressed as part of any government-sanctioned gaming program.
If you choose to gamble
If you choose to gamble, here are some guidelines that will assist you in playing responsibly.
- Know how much you can afford to lose and stop gambling when that point is reached.
- People who gamble for entertainment usually participate in a social situation with their friends rather than alone.
- Although winning is possible, look at gambling as an entertainment expense rather than an investment.
- The outcomes of most forms of gambling are determined more by chance than skill and never by intuition, hope or superstition.
- The more time spent gambling, the greater the probability of losing.
- If you're gambling to get out of debt, the hole will likely get deeper.
- Avoid letting gambling become your primary entertainment activity.
- If you spend more than a little time and money gambling, you owe it to yourself to understand the odds/ probabilities of winning and losing.
- Avoid gambling when depressed, worries or under a lot of stress.
- Gamble with money earmarked for entertainment rather than money needed for living expenses.
- If gambling stops being fun, ask yourself why you're continuing to gamble.
- To keep a clear head, limit your use of alcohol while gambling.
If you or someone you care about has a gambling problem, a number of organisations have been established Australia wide to provide assistance. To find help nearest you click here.