Pennsylvania Gambling Continues to Grow
Pennsylvania touts the opening of their 11th Casino at Valley Forge. How curious that this particular casino has guidelines for “access” including required consumption of goods and services at local attractions and/or a “membership card” to gain access. I’ll be interested to see how long the membership requirements are maintained as Pennsylvania establishments scramble for their share of consumer dollars. philly.com/philly/business/139335888.html
It is reported that Pennsylvania has more slot machines than any state east of Nevada
as gambling has exploded since 2002! Last year PA gaming revenues surpassed those of Atlantic City.
As the Commonwealth continues to add gambling venues, I have had the privilege of working with folks in Western Pennsylvania who are actively engage in alerting the community to the reality of gambling addiction as a disease and prepare for the anticipated increase in problem gambling. Kudos to Butler County, PA and Beaver Falls, PA for creating outstanding community alliances in their Problem Gambling Coalitions. These groups are not “anti-gambling.” They do, however, recognize the likelihood of increased gambling addiction and the commensurate social costs that arise with each new slot machine and table game. Statistics show that the incidence of problem gambling doubles within 50 miles of a gambling establishment.
If you or a loved one have been impacted by a gambling addiction, help is available. In Pennsylvania call 1-877-565-2112. The National Gamblers Helpline is 800-522-4700. Gamblers Anoymous and GamAnon meetings can be found at gamblersanonymous.org/mtgdirPA.html