Three more OLG facilities receive RG check accreditation

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) Responsible Gambling (RG) program continues to receive global recognition. Three additional sites have earned RG Check accreditation, which means a total of 16 OLG gaming sites and one gaming resort facility have now been recognized by the most rigorous RG accreditation program in the world.

The three latest sites to earn RG Check accreditation are:

  • OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs and
  • OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway

These sites join OLG's thirteen other RG Check accredited facilities:

  • OLG Casino Brantford
  • OLG Casino Point Edward
  • OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie
  • OLG Casino Thousand Islands
  • OLG Casino Thunder Bay
  • OLG Slots at Ajax Downs
  • OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Georgian Downs
  • OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs
  • OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack
  • OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs
  • OLG Slots at Western Fair District
  • OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway

In addition, Caesars Windsor was the first casino resort property in the world to achieve this accreditation.

"Earning RG Check accreditation is an important acknowledgement of our employees and their ability to inform players and address a wide range of customer needs," said Tom Marinelli, Acting President and CEO, OLG. "We will continue to work towards our goal of achieving RG Check accreditation at each of our sites."

Administered by the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), the RG Check accreditation program is based on an RG Index comprising a set of RGC standards. Informed by international best practices, this Index evaluates eight core standards: corporate policies, self-exclusion, advertising and promotion, informed decision making, assisting patrons who may have problems with gambling, access to money, venue and game features, and employee training.

"The Responsible Gambling Council researched gambling safeguards around the world to ensure that these standards were the most comprehensive and rigorous anywhere," said RGC CEO, Jon Kelly. "The RG Index was developed and refined over many years and is the most stringent available today."

As OLG continues with modernization, it will be focused on maintaining a gold standard in its RG programs. In the future, private sector service providers will take over the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming in Ontario. They will be required to adhere to rigorous external standards like the RG Check as well as the regulations of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

"At OLG, Responsible Gambling is a central focus of our business," said Marinelli. "We will continue to pursue the highest standard when it comes to our RG programming."

OLG is an Operational Enterprise responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG's annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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