NCRG to examine effects of economic challenges on responsible gaming

10 November 2009

LAS VEGAS (PRESS RELEASE) -- The 10th annual National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) Conference on Gambling and Addiction will explore how the economic downturn is affecting scientific research, treatment and recovery, and responsible gaming programs, as well as new findings in exciting areas of addiction research.

WHAT: “Money, Money, Money: Current Issues Affecting Research, Recovery and Responsible Gaming,” co-sponsored by the NCRG and the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, in partnership with the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University. Highlights of the conference include sessions on:

Demystifying slot machines and their relationship to addiction
Helping individuals with gambling disorders create financial health
Strategies for addressing problem gambling in the workplace
Why gamblers with problems don’t seek help
How the human brain shapes decision-making
The writer of “America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life”
Separating fact from fiction regarding Native Americans and problem gambling

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 15 – Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

WHERE: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas (Nov. 15-16)
Las Vegas Convention Center (Nov. 17), in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

WHO: Participants include leaders in the research, treatment, public health, public policy and gaming industry sectors, as well as members of the national Task Force on College Gambling Policies. Featured speakers include:

Glenn C. Christenson, chairman, NCRG
Dr. Jon Grant, University of Minnesota
Dr. Marc Potenza, Yale University
Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author, “America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life”
Dr. Scott Huettel, Duke University
Jennifer Shatley, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.

To register for the conference, receive a full schedule of conference events and to schedule interviews, please contact Veronica Brown at 202-530-4526 or While the conference is in progress Nov. 15-17, please contact Brian Lehman on-site at 202-641-0982. A conference schedule also is available on the NCRG’s Web site,

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