TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Three additional Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) gaming facilities have earned RG Check accreditation—the most rigorous Responsible Gambling (RG) accreditation program in the world. The three additional sites are OLG Slots at Western Fair District, OLG Casino Point Edward and OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway.
"We're pleased that the number of RG Check accredited gaming sites continues to grow in Ontario," said Rod Phillips, President and CEO, OLG. "Achieving the RG Check is an important acknowledgement of our employees' efforts to help inform players and their ability to handle a range of customer needs. We will continue to work towards achieving RG Check accreditation at each of our sites."
The three sites announced today join other gaming facilities that have previously earned the RG Check accreditation, including:
- OLG Casino Brantford;
- OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack;
- OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway;
- OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie;
- OLG Casino Thunder Bay;
- OLG Slots at Ajax Downs; and
- OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs.
In addition, one gaming resort facility—Caesars Windsor—has also earned the RG Check accreditation. Caesars Windsor was the first casino resort property in the world to achieve this accreditation.
"We learn from evidence-informed research about which RG policies are most effective to help players moderate their play and make healthy decisions," said Phillips. "There is always room for improvement. That's why we will continue to pursue the highest standard when it comes to our RG programming."
Administered by the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), the RG Check accreditation program is based on an RG Index comprised of 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 its modernization program, it will be focused on maintaining a gold standard in Responsible Gambling programs. In the future, private sector operators 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.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.
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