Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment recognizes that for most people gambling is a social or recreational activity, something that is fun and entertaining. For others, gambling causes problems and becomes uncontrollable and is no longer a choice. We believe that it is our responsibility to be sensitive to our guests and our host community by proactively addressing problem gambling.
The prevention of underage gaming is one of the most important aspects of responsible gambling and it is our policy to exclude from gaming those individuals that have not reached the legal age as defined in the jurisdiction in which we operate.
Improve Your Odds
- If you choose to gamble, do so for entertainment purposes. If your gambling is no longer an enjoyable activity then ask yourself why you are still “playing”.
- Treat the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment. Treat any winnings as a bonus.
- Set a dollar limit and stick to it.
- Set a time limit and stick to it.
- Expect to Lose.
- Make it a private rule to not gamble on credit.
- Create balance in your life. Gambling should not interfere with or substitute for friends, family, work or other worthwhile activities.
- Avoid “chasing” lost money.
- Don’t gamble as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.
- Become educated about the warning signs of problem gambling.
When It’s No Longer A Game
Problem gambling is a behavior which has a disruptive effect on individual, family, social, and work life. The risk varies from one person to the next. Problem gambling does not discriminate: men, women; of all ages, social, ethnic, and economic groups may be affected. The symptoms include increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences. In extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or even suicide.
Are you concerned about a potential gambling problem? Take the ten-question self-assessment provided by the national Council on Problem Gambling:
Have you ever borrowed money and not paid it back as a result of your gambling?
Have you tried to stop gambling but have not been able to?
Have you been unable to pay bills due to gambling losses?
Have you been preoccupied with thoughts of gambling while doing other things that require your attention?
Have you been restless or irritable when unable to gamble?
Have you gambled to obtain money to pay debts or solve other financial problems?
Have you hidden your gambling from family members?
Have you ever thought you might have a gambling problem?
Have you needed someone else to bail you out of a gambling debt?
Has gambling created conflict and unhappiness in your life?
This self-assessment will help you figure out if there is a problem, but only a professional can diagnose if it is a gambling problem, a different problem, or both.
Responsible Gambling Resources
If you or someone you know answers “YES” to any of the above questions, consider seeking professional help or advice.