Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that the first year of legal online NY sports betting has been produced $909 a million to state income.
it contains the record $709 million In New York’s online sports betting tax revenue, 98% Go to education fund.
New York’s sports betting success sets a new earnings standard for the industry, but has the highest earnings in the nation 51% tax rate.
NY Sports Betting Responsible Gambling Bill
The Empire State introduced two responsible gambling bill amendments.they are recent new york times A series on the US sports betting industry as legislative and regulatory efforts on responsible gaming intensify.
Bill S1550 would require all advertising for sports betting and gambling to include “a warning about the potentially harmful and addictive effects of gambling.”
In addition NYS Gaming Commission Work with the Commissioner of the Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) to “ensure problem gambling hotline numbers are listed in all advertisements for gaming activities”.
Bill A1056 establishes the Problematic Gambling Advisory Board.
“The purpose of the Council is to provide findings and recommendations to the Governor and Congress on how to prevent and treat problem gambling in New York State.”
NYCPG Funding Recommendations
on the other hand, New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG)) seeks funding and awareness.
for Fiscal Year 2023 (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023)received by NYCPG $6 million Funds problem gambling education and treatment.
Going forward, however, NYCPG states: LSR I want it 3% of all gaming tax revenue to fund its programs (3% $709 million will be around $21 million for online sports betting).
NYCPG Assistant Executive Director Michelle Hadden Current funding is “not enough,” he said.
New York sports betting needs responsible gambling resources
Geocomply reported 3.8 million Since then, unique user accounts have been created. January 8 Start of legal online NY sports betting.
of National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) about 1% Four adults in the US adult population have a serious gambling addiction.It can put New York in approx. 40,000 Affected OSB users.
“The number of people with online sports betting accounts alone is huge. It’s absolutely mind-boggling to see what’s going on and not having at least $20 million to deal with those affected. Not enough,” Hadden said. LSR.
“I think we were pretty shocked by the amount of money lost and the people affected last year. bottom.”
NYCPG needs 24/7 phone service
Hadden said the NYCPG’s primary goal was to 24/7 Telephone assistance services are available so problem gamblers can interact with a human on the other end of the call at 3am on weekdays.
“We only answer calls from 9 to 5, so we couldn’t answer the phone,” Hadden says. “But we have to be available on the phone on holidays, late nights and weekends. Okay, so by the time you call them back the next morning, the crisis is over.
“We have to answer the phone right away and be there to support them in that critical moment.
National helpline via National Council on Problematic Gambling (NCPG) Available 24/7 at 1-800-522-4700.
General Awareness of RG Service Keys
Gaming is growing rapidly in NY, with up to three Downstate Casino licenses to be awarded in the near future. S.en. Joe Adabo We will resubmit the iGaming bill during an upcoming state legislative session.
Hadden said public awareness is paramount as it expands.
“I know OASAS had a million dollar campaign this year, but this was more of a prevention campaign,” she said. “But in terms of getting people to know about your service, you need a budget of around $150,000 a year, which is a lot compared to what is happening with her sports betting and casino ads online. ”
Only a quarter of New Yorkers recognize
Hadden believes we should be closer $10 million It is used annually for public awareness campaigns.
“We just did a public perception survey, and only 26% of New Yorkers know there are problem gambling resource centers statewide to help people,” Hadden said. said. “One cannot get here without knowing its existence.
“I think we’re going to see money from downstate casinos. We’re going to add $750 per machine and table game. I think it’s about ensuring that awareness campaigns are prioritized.”
New York Sports Betting Self-Exclusion List
Additionally, Hadden hopes that people on self-exclusion lists will be contacted directly by problem gambling organizations if necessary.
“What is shared with us is that most of the time when it comes to user accounts, the industry is self-regulating,” Hadden said. “And I think that’s part of the problem. I don’t know if
“I believe there is more that can be done here to ensure safety, and we always recommend that player protection comes first.”
Direct contact can reduce risk
Hadden said there’s more to it than that 1,300 People who voluntarily self-excluded themselves this year on the NYCPG Self-Exclusion List.
“We encourage people to incorporate it into a self-exclusion process where they are automatically connected to us for resources, support, and support,” she said. , here’s a business card, but we call the council or call the local PGRC and connect.
“What we recommend is when they sign a self-exclusion form. Unless they opt out of contacting us, we will contact them. It’s like a phone call to let you know that these resources are available, and it’s everything from information to leads to therapists and clinicians, but self-exclusion means they’re not going to have any problems. It shows what you have.”
Addabbo focuses on RG with iGaming
Addabbo says responsible gambling is key to the iGaming bill. This could include, at least initially, his casino online not being offered to New Yorkers on his 24/7.
of new york times The series has raised awareness among non-gaming legislators and regulators in other states. Ohio is very strict with regards to advertising violation regulations.When Massachusetts is subject to the strictest advertising regulations in the United States.
“It’s huge to see that it’s a priority at that level,” Hadden said. “We need to do a lot more for safety. Good enough for prevention, so we hope that problem gambling doesn’t increase by more than 1%.”