Chilliwack/Victoria – BCLC, the BC Lotteries Corporation, announced a new resource dedicated to supporting players at Chances Chilliwack with healthy-play habits, and referring those experiencing challenges with their gambling to the support resources they need.
This is not to augment 12 step groups like Gamblers Anonymous. “We’re here to educate players and gaming in general. We want to see that everyone plays for fun and plays for entertainment“. That from GameSense Advisor Mike Verhoef, Chances Casino’s First GameSense Advisor.
A GameSense info centre is now installed to answer questions ranging from how does this particular game work, to dispelling rumours about rigged games to helping stressed out players learn to pace themselves, or even take a break and play responsibly.
Chances Chilliwack is the first Community Gaming Centre to have a GameSense Advisor and Information Centre as part of BCLC’s expansion of the program to every gambling facility across B.C. by fall 2019. Previously, GameSense Advisors were in place at B.C. casinos only.
On site interaction is the key to this program.
“I am proud of our efforts to invest in and enhance player health supports here in Chilliwack,” said Jamie Wiebe, BCLC Director of Player Health. “Research shows that on-site advisors are a valuable resource in the promotion of responsible play and reduction of gambling-related harms.”
Player health is a key strategic priority for BCLC. GameSense is the cornerstone for engaging and informing players, while removing stigma that may be associated with accessing responsible and problem gambling resources.