In this section of our site, we take a look at some of the major organizations within or related to the gambling industry. What follows below is short list of some of the principal players whose names you might come across during your gambling experiences as well as some organizations that might have information on certain topics of interest to or other gamblers. Click on the industry’s name to be taken to the organization’s main page. Enjoy!
Interactive Gaming Council
Founded in the US in 1996 and relocating and incorporating in Canada in 2000, the IGC provides a “forum for interested parties to address issues and advance common interests in the global interactive gaming industry, to establish fair and responsible trade guidelines and practices that enhance consumer confidence in interactive gaming products and services, and to serve as the industry’s public policy advocate and information clearinghouse.” Unlike most of the other organizations listed below, the IGC focuses solely on the ‘online’ or ‘interactive’ aspects of the gambling industry. They have established a number of ‘partner agreements’ or policies which many of their members proudly display on their sites indicating their adherence to agreed-upon norms.
American Gaming Association
The American Gaming Association focuses on “creating a better understanding of the gaming entertainment industry by bringing facts about the industry to the general public, elected officials, other decision makers and the media through education and advocacy.” They represent the commercial casino entertainment industry by addressing the formulation of laws which affect its members and their employees and customers, The AGA also has an aggressive public education program which focuses on transmitting the organization’s message to people across the country. Furthermore, the association provides the media, politicians, and others with accurate gaming industry data.
National Indian Gaming Association
The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) focuses on protecting and supporting the lives of Indian peoples socially, politically, and economically. Founded in 1985, this non-profit organization operates as an information resource for all matter related to Indian gaming issues and community development.
Gamblers Anonymous is a support group and/or valuable resource for those individuals looking to solve their own gambling problem and/or help others do the same. The organization asks requires no dues or fees for membership – only the desire to stop gambling. The organization has no affiliations (religious, political, or otherwise) and is simply focused on helping people overcome their gambling addiction or problems. For anyone who thinks they may have a gambling problem or would like to help others confront theirs, this organization and its site represents a wonderful starting-point.
National Center for Responsible Gaming
The NCRG was developed to fund research on pathological and youth gambling. Their aim is to help those affected by gambling disorders by supporting research which examines and studies the problems and enhances public opinion. Many members of the gambling community including Mandalay Resort Group and MGM MIRAGE were early and generous supporters of the organization’s activities. Today over $13million has been raised to support the NCRG.