Problem gambling is a top priority for the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. It is constantly seeking solutions and programs to foster а healthier gaming relationship.
The recent New Horizons in Responsible Gambling pre-conference session has revealed new possibilities for the province in the face of the devastation that gambling addiction inflicts.
New policies are mandated by the Crown corporation including what is expected of financial institutions to support players. In fact, one discussion occurred during the Banking on a Different Perspective: the Financial Industry’s Role in Safer Gambling online session.
Help and support
The session speaker, Natalie Ledward, Vulnerability Manager at Monzo Bank Ltd., made it clear that her bank has found ways to support those seeking help. Monzo Bank has a package of digital tools resources promoting safer gambling. Decision making should now be easier for the addicted.
Monzo bank uses merchant codes from credit card companies for identification. Individuals seeking to prevent spending too much on online or in-person gaming can use this option. Thus, the bank is targeting the core of the problem at its very beginning.
Ms. Ledwards stated that banks can quickly notice any deviations from healthy spending habits such as gaming buy-ins. Of course, at the end of the day, decisions should be made by the players.
According to Dr. Jamie Wiebe, Director of Player Health at BCLC, the pre-conference sessions will pave the way for productive conversation at New Horizons 2021.
Other businesses can also add to the efforts showcased by British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Of note, the second conversation is slated for January 27 and the two-day conference itself will commence on March 9.