The quest to ensure players are safe while gambling online is still raging on with more and more companies taking initiative. MGM Springfield is the latest gambling operator to jump onto the bandwagon. The gambling operator ended the last month on a very high note by unveiling a responsible gambling tool.
Known as PlayMyWay, the tool is a voluntary budget feature that is designed specifically to help players to keep themselves in check. It mainly targets people who may be at risk of gambling-related harm, especially from a financial perspective. Problem gambling is often a result of unmonitored gambling habits and such a tool will certainly play a big role in helping players make better financial decisions.
How It Works
PlayMyWay essentially allows gamblers to set gambling budgets for themselves. These can be daily, weekly or monthly betting budgets which the tool then keeps track of. In case the players start to approach 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent of these set budgets, they are automatically alerted. That way, they do not get to bet more than they can afford to lose.
This is, however, not the first time that the program is being made available to Springfield gamers. PlayMyWay has been available since 2016 to players at Plainridge Park Casino. At this venue, it helped many gamblers to keep their gambling activities in check. That success is likely what contributed to MGM Springfield’s decision to adopt.
Thankfully, gamblers who visit MGM Springfield have been very welcoming of the new program. According to the casino’s executives and the gaming regulators, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the project. On the day that the program was launched, there were already around 200 gamers who had already enrolled to use the voluntary budget tool. That is a very good start.
“The Play-My-Way program is something that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already partnered with as an initiative that should rollout statewide. After it comes to MGM Springfield, it will eventually appear at Encore Boston Harbor as well.”
Daniel Miller, Compliance Director at MGM Springfield.
In addition to being voluntary, the system also allows players to not only un-enroll themselves but also change their gambling budgets as they see fit.