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Office: 617.426.4554 ext.2
Cell:   857.246.9586

“Massachusetts Prepares to Confront Gambling Addiction Ahead of Encore Casino Opening” via WBUR
Israel Rosario worked as a craps dealer at Mohegan Sun for more than a decade. It was a fun job, he said, but concerns about some of the regulars gnawed at him.
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Massachusetts’ GameSense program has enrolled 571 people looking for help with gambling addiction since launching via MassLive
It’s not the dazzling billboards or the sheer volume of casinos that turns the temptation to gamble into a costly, nagging habit, but often the proximity to a casino, Massachusetts regulator say.
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State funding study on elderly and gambling at Plainridge via The Sun Chronicle
PLAINRIDGE- On any given afternoon, the slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino are populated largely by older adults who make up a key market segment for the business.
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Casinos, DraftKings make pitch for sports betting via MSN
The three casinos of Massachusetts are making their case about why they and fantasy sports firms should handle the digital sports books together as lawmakers consider legalizing sports betting.
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Massachusetts hearing to focus on Sports Betting via Associated Press
How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the State House this week as lawmakers work to tackle the latest shift in the state’s gambling landscape.
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Gaming experts talk responsible gambling ahead of Encore opening via The Boston Herald
As Encore Boston Harbor prepares to open in Everett in the next few weeks, experts from across the world gathered Thursday to discus responsible gambling efforts at casinos in Massachusetts.
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Gov. Charlie Baker Proposes Sports Betting Law via NBC10
Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts.
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Gov. Charlie Baker announces plan to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts via 7 News Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts.
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Experts: Sports gambling carries costs via Boston Herald
Gov. Charlie Baker has his sights set on legalizing sports betting in the commonwealth, but some experts say he’s rolling the dice — risking an increase of gambling disorders, which affect 2 percent of the state and put 8 percent more at risk.
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Compulsive Gambling Expected To Spike As MGM Springfield Opens via WBUR
Gambling addiction is expected to spike after the casino in Springfield opens, based on past research.
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‘GameSense’ Aims To Help Gamblers Understand The Odds Stacked Against Them via WBUR
As MGM opens in Springfield this week, regulators and casino operators are required to make sure problem gamblers have access to help. There’s a new program called GameSense they hope will fulfill that promise.
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New Casino Raises Concerns About Gambling Addiction via NECN
Not everyone is happy about the advent of casinos in Massachusetts, with some fearing gambling addiction.
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Program Inside MGM Springfield Helps Curb Gambling Addiction via CBS Boston
SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – Play responsibly, that’s the message of the GameSense program inside the new MGM Springfield hotel and casino. It’s something required by law in all Mass. casinos. The program is designed to educate players on the risks, and help curb gambling addiction. Read More→

Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting via Channel 4 & Channel 25
Statement of The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting. Read More→

“Report urges military to screen for gambling problems” via Boston Globe
Before he was confronted by his anguished wife, Bruce Kinsman was losing about $1,000 a week on the state lottery in frenetic pursuit of a jackpot. Realizing his gambling had spiraled out of control, he quit completely a decade ago and began attending Gamblers Anonymous meetings….
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“After Cuts, Baker Gives Voice to Restoring Services if Revenues Rebound” via State House News
“The sudden clash over budgeting between Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders on Beacon Hill appears poised to spill into the new year after House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday he would look to restore the programs cut by the governor…” Read More→

“Gambling Addiction Recovery Resources” via Business Info Resources
“Addiction to gambling is a disorder that negatively impacts the lives of millions of US citizens. Because of the devastating effects gambling can have on a person’s relationships, work, financial security and mental well-being, it is vital that those affected consider their options when it comes to treatment and recovery…” Read More→

“State studying impact of gambling in Massachusetts” via State House News
“The state is studying the impacts of gambling before the first full resort casino opens in Massachusetts. Under the state’s 2011 gaming law, Massachusetts is required to study the social and economic impacts of gambling…” Read More→

“Professor briefs lawmakers on problem gambling study results” via State House News
“An estimated 88,000 adults in Massachusetts are problem gamblers, and another 390,000 are deemed “at-risk” gamblers and may bet more than they’d planned or borrow money to gamble, according to study findings presented Wednesday…” Read More→

“Veteran’s Forum: June 2016” via North TV
“In this months episode North Attleborough Veterans’ Agent, Rebecca Jennings, sits down with Joespeh Jennings and Shelia Sullivan of the Veterans’ Transition House and Amanda Winters and Krystle Kelly of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling…” Watch →

“As gambling options expand, Fall River addicts caution ‘you can always have a lower rock bottom'” via The Herald News
“Another try. One more spin of the slots. One more chance at a sure thing. Something to scratch…” Read More→

“New voluntary gambling control program set for Plainridge Park Casino” via The Sun Chronicle
“An unique experiment in setting voluntary limits on gambling will kick off at Plainridge Park Casino Wednesday as a software program will allow slot machines to warn players when they have reached their self-imposed spending limits…” Read More→

“Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction” via Seattle Times
“Massachusetts is set to launch this week a first-in-the-nation system allowing slot players to limit their bets, following months of planning and some pushback from the gambling industry…” Read More

“Invisible addiction: Maine groups look for ways to fight problem gambling” via The Bangor Times
“Jodie Nealley won big at a slot machine in Reno, Nevada, in 2005 while she attended a business conference, taking home $2,500 more than she showed up with…” Read More→

“Knowing the signs of gambling addiction” via WWLP
“Massachusetts will one day be home to three and maybe four casinos, and the state is gearing up to cope with, and treat problem gamblers…” Read More→

“As Plainridge Park Casino opens, state seeks to blunt gambling addiction” via The Sun Chronicle
“Tucked in a corner of Plainridge Park Casino, over by the elevators and away from the glitter and noise of the gambling room, is a small table with brochures on it…” Read More→

“Massachusetts First Casino, Plainridge Park Opens Its Doors” via WGBH
“Massachusetts’ first casino, a slots parlor in Plainville, is set to open Wednesday, and it’s a prelude to more legal gambling on the way…” Read More→

“State: You can ban self from casinos” via Boston Herald
“With only 11 days until the opening of the state’s first casino in Plainville, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission yesterday launched an initiative to head off problem gambling…” Read More→

“March Madness: For Some, A Tough Trigger to Avoid” via
“March Madness chatter is inescapable now – whether you have a family member, friend or coworker who’s obsessed with their brackets, or you overhear someone talking about Duke’s or Michigan State’s chances in the grocery line or at the bank…” Read More→

“Conference at Springfield’s MassMutual Center to mark start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month” via MassLive
“Marking the start of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a group of stakeholders interested in promoting the resources to combat compulsive gambling are heading to downtown Springfield…” Read More→

“Gambling addiction a focus as casino grows closer” via WWLP
“Gambling was one major concern among opponents of MGM Springfield…” Read More→

“Gambling addiction a ‘brain disease,’ says recovering addict during Springfield gathering” via MassLive
“Steve Keel, director of problem gambling services for the state’s department of public health, said the commonwealth ‘needs to do more with getting people who suffer with problem gambling to go for treatment…'” Read More→


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