MONTICELLO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM:NYNY) and its wholly owned subsidiaries (together “Empire” or the “Company”), are participating in Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW).
“While the Company is pleased to highlight its efforts during RGEW, Empire and its subsidiaries know that responsible gaming is much more than a week-long event – it is a corporate commitment by management and our team members,” said Nanette Horner, Empire’s Chief Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chair of the Company’s Responsible Gaming Committee.
Empire promotes responsible gaming every day by providing educational materials that encourage guests to treat gambling the same way they treat other forms of entertainment. These materials encourage guests to budget the time and amount of money they want to spend and to consider their chosen recreation as a pleasant pastime.
Empire trains employees to report to supervisors any guest statements and/or behaviors that may cause concern. The Company’s Responsible Gaming Committee reviews such reports and concerns and it determines the next steps regarding the guest. The Company displays New York’s toll-free hopeline number in its advertising, brochures and signage, which is 877-8-HOPENY. Empire offers information about the importance of playing responsibly and how to recognize potential signs of a gambling problem. Additionally, the Company has procedures in place to prevent underage gambling and to address unattended minors.
During RGEW, Empire will deliver additional responsible gaming materials and information to employees to reinforce their knowledge of the Company’s responsible gaming policies and resources. Employees also will be asked to consider how they can share their knowledge to help guests, employees and the public understand the importance of gambling responsibly.
Ms. Horner concluded, “Promotion of responsible gaming is an integral part of the Company’s training and corporate culture. As a responsible member of the gaming industry, we want our guests to enjoy the entertainment value offered by us. As set forth in our Responsible Gaming Committee’s Mission Statement, we recognize that some individuals may not play responsibly and we understand that there are social costs associated with compulsive, problem, underage and intoxicated gambling and unattended minors. We support the development of education, awareness and prevention programs to address these concerns.”