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CHANGING THE GAME

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), a
grassroots effort to raise awareness about gambling disorder, classified by
the American Psychiatric Association as a behavioral addiction, that
impacts millions of Floridians who struggle directly with gambling related
difficulties or are adversely affected by a loved one’s gambling problem. This
year, our campaign theme is Shine the Light on Problem Gambling:
Changing the Game.

 

During this past year, the world has been forced to grapple with crippling impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many Florida residents, like many Americans, are struggling given the unforeseen consequences resulting from the pandemic.

For disordered gamblers and their families, the effects of the virus can exacerbate already serious financial, psychological, legal, and other problems caused by gambling.

This year's partners

— GAMBLING INDUSTRY —
PlayersEdge
Seminole Gaming
Seminole Brighton Casino
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee
Seminole Classic Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa
The Big Easy Casino
Calder Casino
The Casino @ Dania Beach
Casino Miami
Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
Magic City Casino
Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club
Orange City Racing and Card Club

 

— MAYORAL PROCLAMATIONS —
City of Belle Glade
City of Cape Canaveral
City of Cocoa
City of Coral Gables
City of DeLand

City of Dunedin
City of Fernandina Beach
City of Gainesville

City of Gulfport
City of Haines City
City of Key Colony Beach
City of Kissimmee

City of Lakeland
City of Lake Mary
City of Live Oak

City of Maitland
City of Niceville
City of Ocala
City of Orlando

City of Palm Beach Gardens
City of Palmetto
City of Pinellas Park
City of Satellite Beach
City of Safety Harbor
City of West Palm Beach

City of Wilton Manors
City of Winter Haven

City of Winter Springs
Town of Callahan
Town of Davie
Town of Fort Myers Beach
Town of Juno Beach
Town of Lake Clarke Shores

 

— COMMUNITY EVENTS —
Burning Bike Festival

Last year's partners

-GAMBLING INDUSTRY —
Seminole Gaming
Calder Casino
The Casino @ Dania Beach
Casino Miami
Gulfstream Park
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
Magic City Casino
Resorts World Bimini
The Big Easy Casino

 

— MAYORAL PROCLAMATIONS —
City of Palmetto
City of Safety Harbor
City of Cape Canaveral
City of Pembroke Pines
City of Freeport
City of Niceville
City of Ocala
City of Melbourne
City of Sanford
City of Belle Glade
Town of Fort Myers Beach
City of New Port Richey
City of Lauderdale Lakes
Town of Hillsboro Beach
City of Naples
Town of Jupiter
City of Dunedin
City of Gainesville
Town of Davie
City of Maitland
City of Orlando
City of Graceville
City of Deland
Town of Juno Beach
City of Kissimmee
City of Bartow
City of Lakeland
City of Springfield
Town of Palm Shores
Town of Lake Clarke Shores
City of Coral Gables
City of South Pasadena
City of Cooper City
City of Wilton Manors
City of Anna Maria
City of South Bay
City of Lake Mary
City of Pompano
City of Palm Beach Gardens

 

— LIBRARIES —
Columbia County Public Library
Jo Kennon Public Library
Indian River County Library
Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
Branford Public Library
Volusia County Public Library
Ponce Public Library
Royal Palm Beach Branch Library

 

— TREATMENT PROVIDERS —
Triangle Resolutions – Damon Dye, Treatment Provider
JC Psychological Associates, Inc.

 

— COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES —
The University of Tampa

What we've learned

Data revealed impacts on those suffering from gambling addiction as a result of pandemic, including shifts in gambling behaviors resulting from land-based gambling operation closures and sporting event cancellations during this past year"

- 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine

The gambler’s age will be critical to monitor as time goes on in light of pandemic related gambling impacts since it has resulted in many challenges not previously encountered.

- FCCG’s 2019-2020 Annual HelpLine Outcome Evaluation report

As gaming and gambling have expanded, there is concern that the structural boundaries between gaming and gambling may have become blurred.

- NPD Group

HEAR FROM PROBLEM GAMBLERS IN RECOVERY

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

SHINE THE LIGHT ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

HOW WE ARE CHANGING THE GAME

Trends

The FCCG is keenly aware of the proliferation of technology and software for online, mobile, and video game applications, geared toward the youth of all ages and adults.

Awareness

The similarities of some of these games mimicking gambling characteristics can often serve as pathways and indoctrination from free-to-play to pay-to-play gaming/gambling sites.

education

As new gambling opportunities continue to emerge in non-traditional mediums, prevention is important. Children and young adults may not recognize these gambling activities, so education is key.

Supports

Since the pandemic’s inception, the FCCG has expanded programs and services, resource options, and access to virtual supports and by the evolving vital resources for help provided through the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine.

Going deeper

Research and trends

  1. Changing the game

    a whole new world

    During this past year, the world has been forced to grapple with crippling impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many Florida residents, like many Americans, are struggling given the unforeseen consequences resulting from the pandemic. For disordered gamblers[i] and their families, the effects of the virus can exacerbate already serious financial, psychological, legal, and other problems caused by gambling. 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine data has revealed significant impacts on those suffering from gambling addiction as a result of pandemic, including shifts in gambling behaviors resulting from land-based gambling operation closures and sporting event cancellations during this past year, coupled with a general increase in life stressors for the population at large.

  2. Changing the game

    Emerging Trends

    The gambler’s age will be critical to monitor as time goes on in light of pandemic related gambling impacts since it has resulted in many challenges not previously encountered. The FCCG’s 2019-2020 Annual HelpLine Outcome Evaluation report identified that a recent CDC Report (August 10, 2020) suggested that another trend being reported anecdotally, though not well understood or measured, is that casino gamblers are apt to be younger, on average, now than prior to the pandemic. This is surmised as older gamblers appear to be less willing to be in public places. The CDC indicated that although there is no quantitative evidence, the trend has been reported in several jurisdictions.

  3. Changing the game

    Generational Shifts

    Further illustrating this point is research conducted by Synergy Blue which uncovered a ‘dynamic that has long been on the radar of casinos, and as the world recovers from the pandemic, asserts the casino industry will see an acceleration in both the concern and opportunity of attracting a new generation of gamblers.’ More specifically, per the Synergy Blue study, performed in April 2020 among 1,000 consumers, primarily gamblers, “older gamblers showed significantly more hesitation over the safety of returning to casinos. Gen X and younger gamblers showed the greatest confidence and interest in returning. As younger gamblers lead the charge toward recovery for casinos, casinos will be attentive to the trends that may come with this generation of gamblers, including an interest in new types of games, (pay-to-play/free-to-play), as well as a growing trend toward online and mobile” applications.[1]

  4. Changing the game

    Blurred Lines: Video Game Gambling

    Most recently, on August 10, 2020, it was announced that the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory social distancing measures caused video game spending in the United States to skyrocket to new heights through the second quarter. According to a new report from market analysts with the NPD Group, revenues reached $11.6 billion between April and June 2020, a 30% jump year-over-year. Many have used these games as a means of keeping one “preoccupied” and/or for staying in touch with family and friends. As gaming and gambling have expanded, there is concern that the structural boundaries between gaming and gambling may have become blurred. Some have further argued that the overlap between gambling and gaming have become indistinguishable such that “hybrid gambling activities have adopted features of gaming and vice-versa”.

  5. References from text

    Citations

    [1] To view the report in full, visit, The Path Forward for Casinos in a Post COVID World: How Younger Gamblers, Experiences, and Safety Concerns Will Influence Industry Recovery, Retrieved August 10, 2020, https://synergyblue.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SynergyBlue_Post-COVID-report.FINAL_.pdf

    i. Disordered gambling is classified by the American Psychiatric Associa6on as a behavioral addic6on and involves repeated problema6c gambling behavior that causes significant problems or distress. It is also called gambling addic6on or compulsive gambling. (APA, 2020).

Get in touch

24/7, CONFIDENTIAL, AND MULTILINGUAL PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE: 888-ADMIT-IT

1-888-ADMIT-IT

321-978-0555

www.gamblinghelp.org

fccg@gamblinghelp.org

Florida Council On Compulsive Gambling

GET INVOLVED IN PGAM

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the FCCG for Problem Gambling Awareness Month! We believe your organization can play an important role in increasing awareness of 2021 PGAM through additional outreach methods, including:

DISTRIBUTING INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS

Distributing informational literature and collateral items featuring the 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine number. To request materials for your organization, email us at pgam@gamblinghelp.org.

GamblingHelp.org website

Add the 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine to your website as a resource with a link to our website at www.gamblinghelp.org for readers to learn more and get connected to resources.

Share PGAM on Social Media

Share this website and the 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling HelpLine to your social media accounts, use hashtags #PGAM and #FCCG throughout March, and tag and follow the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling accounts.

Refer to the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine

Refer anyone suffering from problem gambling, including loved ones of gamblers, to the 24/7, Confidential, and Multilingual Problem Gambling HelpLine, 888-ADMIT-IT

From the Blog

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