A new U.S. system that allows players to restrict their bet size will be tested in Massachusetts, Boston. According to Marlene Warner, director of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, it is designed to prevent gamblers from developing gambling addiction.
Warner believes that it is a really efficient instrument that will allow users to gamble safely and prevent them from losing huge amounts. The system is referred to as Play My Way. It will be tested at Plainridge Park. On June 1, over 1,250 slots with this system will be available for customers.
In case of its successful use, Play My Way will be approved by the gaming commission to be used at two casinos: Wynn's Boston-area resort and MGM's Springfield. Representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe who own a casino in Taunton are thinking of implementing Play My Way. However, they have not yet decided whether they will use it at their First Light Casino after its opening in 2017 or not.
Casino operators from Massachusetts and the American Gaming Association have reported about low effectiveness of such systems in Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and other countries. However, Christopher Moyer, the spokesman of the American Gaming Association, said that fruitful discussions with representatives of the local gaming commission have allayed all concerns.
"Any tool of this kind should be focused on helping the insignificant number of gamblers to oppose gambling addiction," he said. Christopher Moyer believes that they will succeed.
According to Warner, the Massachusetts system resembles a system adopted in the British Columbia (Canada). However, it is more loyal to customers. Play My Way is not obligatory. This system is available for those who have signed up for the reward card program.
Play My Way does not prohibit betting. It only provides regular notifications after reaching a certain betting limit. Users are always able to select another upper limit or cease receiving notifications. Warner emphasized that the system only allowed customers to gamble responsibly and to control their decisions.