While operating a gambling business has its definite upside for an operator, to be truly successful an operator should keep in mind all aspects of his business, including being socially responsible.
While most people will not develop an addiction to gambling, there will always be individuals who are more likely to fall into the category of “addict”, and even then, there are so many levels of addiction and types of gambling that it is not so clear-cut nowadays.
For some, addiction to gambling may arise from the need to provide a large sum of money in a short span of time, and resort to a casino to seek out that “big win”. This usually creates a vicious circle for the unfortunate individual, where the person may see his initial funds disappear, and feel the need to now “double down” in order to win back the money he has just lost and get the sum that was originally intended. This is the most common addiction, and it will only be broken until the individual decides to get help.
Some common signals of gambling addiction could be:
- Gambling when the individual cannot afford to. (Forsaking bills, rent, food, etc)
- Needing to hide the fact that one gambles.
- Having trouble controlling gambling urges
- Friends or family mentioning grave concern over the gaming habits of the individual.
Given the fact addiction is classified as a disease, there are also symptoms associated with it, such as, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies. In some extreme situations these last points tend to come true, and with good reason since at the core of the problem money is found, and when there is no money left, the addict on occasion will see this as the last drop.
For these reasons, most gaming establishments now have posters, banners, or flyers with information regarding gambling addiction, including numbers for hotlines for people with an addiction, or questions regarding gaming addiction could have.
A conscious casino owner will know his clientele and treat them with respect and dignity, and should have no hesitation to stop an individual who he feels is engaging in some type of self-destructive behavior, regardless if it hurts his bottom line.