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Nearly 13,000 gamblers enroll in addiction prevention effort

/ 08:11 AM June 15, 2017

PLAINVILLE, Mass. — Nearly 13,000 gamblers have signed up for a unique gambling addiction prevention effort being tested at Massachusetts’ first casino.

According to a report submitted Wednesday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the “Play My Way” program at Plainridge Park Casino has enrolled 12,670 players since its launch last June.

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That’s about 10 percent of eligible patrons at the Plainville slots parlor and harness racing track. Of those, 10,857 are still actively using the program, which allows players to voluntarily set a spending budget before they gamble.

The initiative is considered the first of its kind in the country. Similar systems have been tried in Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden and elsewhere.

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Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance researchers are evaluating the program. They’re expected to release their initial findings in August.

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