MGC’s PlayMyWay program presented to National Council on Program Gambling Conference
Mark Vander Linden, Director of Research and Responsible Gaming of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, spoke to all 600 attendees of the 31st annual National Council on Problem Gambling Conference about PlayMyWay. Largely made up of prevention workers and treatment providers, the audience was interested in this practical application of prevention and technology on the gaming floor. An extension of the harm-reduction model, the purpose of PlayMyWay is to empower the player with self-awareness ideally allowing them to make their budgeting decisions.
Amanda Winters, Assistant Director of Programs and Services at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, gave presentation on the practical use of data in the prevention realm. Amanda spoke to the importance of taking a seemingly-boring data set and making it interesting by presenting it to users in a relatable way. Ultimately, data should play a key role in developing prevention and treatment strategies and can be made more digestible for users and thus more effective.