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Busting the Myths Dave Grift – Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) & Elizabeth Stephenson – Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC)

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1 Busting the Myths Dave Grift – Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) & Elizabeth Stephenson – Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC)

2 Responsible Gaming Information Centres (RGIC) Joint project of Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) & AFM Joint project of Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) & AFM First project of its kind in North America – now copied across Canada First project of its kind in North America – now copied across Canada At both Winnipeg Casinos At both Winnipeg Casinos Staffed by AFM Gambling Prevention & Education Consultants Staffed by AFM Gambling Prevention & Education Consultants

3 Staff at the RGIC Provide: Information, Support and Referral to Guests Information, Support and Referral to Guests Information & Consultation to Casino Staff & Managers Information & Consultation to Casino Staff & Managers Since December 2002 over 14,000 Casino guests and staff have accessed the RGICs (over 75 % for information)

4 INFORMATION Dispelling myths & misinformation Dispelling myths & misinformation On randomness & house advantage in casino games On randomness & house advantage in casino games On how slot machines work On how slot machines work On how much it will cost to play casino games On how much it will cost to play casino games Tips on safe gambling strategies Tips on safe gambling strategies

5 Prevalence of Gambling Myths with Casino Guests Ive played all day and havent won once Im Due It owes me Youve turned down the machines Its getting ready to pay The machine is starting to warm up I have a system You have to know how to play it right thats a cold machine you need to watch for the pattern Thats my money youve won The machines like him My lucky machine You need to stay at it until the machine is ready to pay Near miss

6 Where do Myths come from? Lack of accurate information on How Gambling Works Lack of accurate information on How Gambling Works - Randomness - Randomness - House Advantage - House Advantage - Independence of events - Independence of events - Odds - Odds - Probabilities - Probabilities - Volatility - Volatility Normal human traits Normal human traits - Persistence pays off - Persistence pays off - Achieving goals - Achieving goals - Linking of how & why things happen - Linking of how & why things happen - Seeing patterns - Seeing patterns - Developing systems - Developing systems - Consistency - Consistency - Positive thinking - Positive thinking - Selective recall - Selective recall - Theories on how things work - Theories on how things work

7 = Myths Examples Examples Random outcomes Seeing patterns Near miss Machine warming up / getting close up / getting close Independence Persistence / playing of events until the machine pays of events until the machine pays Volatility Machine turned down

8 Busting the Myths Acknowledge normal human traits as some of our best qualities but of no value playing slot machines Acknowledge normal human traits as some of our best qualities but of no value playing slot machines Provide accurate information on How Gambling Works Provide accurate information on How Gambling Works = Busted Myths = Busted Myths

9 Providing accurate information on the Casino floor RGIC Resources: RGIC Resources: Slot Tutorial Slot Tutorial Pik-A-Card Game Pik-A-Card Game

10 Accurate information helps guests see gambling as a form of entertainment Accurate information helps guests see gambling as a form of entertainment Most types of entertainment cost money (Gambling is no different) Most types of entertainment cost money (Gambling is no different)

11 How much are you willing to spend on your entertainment? Cost of Play Calculator (long term average cost) Cost of Play Calculator (long term average cost) Cost of Play Calculator Cost of Play Calculator Volatility chart (short term experience) Volatility chart (short term experience) Video Poker hand simulator Video Poker hand simulator Video Poker hand simulator Video Poker hand simulator Money Management (limits, budgeting, log books) Money Management (limits, budgeting, log books)

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13 Questions & Answers Thank you


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