This March will be the 20th anniversary of the launch of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in New York State. The New York State Gaming Commission, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support, and the New York Council on Problem Gambling will organize а series of events, where participants will have the chance to gain more knowledge on the subject of responsible gaming and how to prevent addiction.

March 14th was a day for screening identification of people who are vulnerable and may suffer from problematic gambling. At the end of the month there will be a regional listening session organized with leaders from the problem gambling treatment community.

“Gambling oppоrtunities in Тhe Empire State continue to grow. This is why it is important for the local citizens to be aware of the multiple available instruments for responsible gaming”, said Robert Williams, executive director of The New York State Gaming Commission.

One of the leading supporters of the responsible gaming – Senator Joe Adabo commented that it is important that the efforts for dealing with addiction problems must be bolstered. “Recently, The New York State Gaming Commission accepted new rules on gambling advertisement”, he said and added that the aim of the these rules is to limit the exposure of sports betting marketing and commercials to underage bettors. In addition to that, the commission officials have approved a prohibition of misleading, deceptive or false statements.

The color associated with responsible gaming in New York State is yellow, and many buildings, landmarks, and gaming facilities in the state are illuminated in yellow for the whole month of March. Some of these properties, include the Albany International Airport Gateway, Empire State Plaza, Fairport Lift Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex, and many others.