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It’s important for the gaming industry to promote responsible gambling behavior and provide assistance to the small minority of people that gamble in ways that harm themselves or others. However, there are no guarantees without proper regulation that online gambling operators will implement measures to address concerns about compulsive gambling behavior. The currently proposed framework to regulate Internet gambling in the U.S. contains provisions to address this issue and protect consumers.
Responsible gambling is a shared obligation of all stakeholders in legalized gambling, including regulators and gambling operators. Previously introduced legislation required that in order to be licensed in the U.S., online gambling operators would have been required to implement a comprehensive responsible gambling program. Tools could include:
Leading experts have argued that the structure of the Internet allows for operators to deliver responsible gaming programs that meet or exceed current standards in the bricks-and-mortar casinos.