After planning for months, Massachusetts is fully prepared to launch the limiting bet system called Play My Way system in the province. If this is implemented, Massachusetts would be the first state in the whole of United States to do so. Although some pushbacks came from the gambling industry, the state officials saw if off.
Marlene Warner, Executive Director, Massachusetts Gambling Commission said that the organisation is trying to save casual punters from becoming addictive. In no way the mission is to chase the gambling addict. Massachusetts gambling commission is working with the State Gambling Commission on this. Warner in a latest statement mentioned that the tool is designed for prevention and not eradication. The organisation wants punters to gamble for fun purposes without getting into any financial trouble and putting their families at risk.
The new Play My Way system has already been installed in Plainridge Park and one single casino in Massachusetts. It is expected that the new limit play will go live in close to 1250 casinos across the city within a very few days. If the system works, the gambling commission can implement this in two different casinos namely Springfield one and Boston-area.
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe which is accredited by the state officials is building a new casino cum Resort in the sovereign land of Taunton. The officials from the new casino mentioned that they are also reviewing the play my way principle for their casino but yet to take any stance on it. The company has not committed to the officials to employ the Play My Way system during its launch sometime in the year 2017.
Many authorities including the American Gaming Association and Massachusetts casino Operators protested against the play my way norms initially. They argued that many countries including Canada, Australia, Sweden and Norway have tried this practice, but no fruitful results have come out from such endeavours.
Later the American Gaming Commission changed its stunts and said that after a productive conversation, the AGC is certain that the new norms would be able to help a lot of punters who are in need of it. Christopher Moyer, the spokesperson for the American Gaming Association stated that a little segment of the whole gambling community might be able to get help from this kind of initiative. He also added that this tool will go a long way in making sure that players stick to responsible gambling norms.
The Play My Way system is not mandatory and therefore casinos have little threat from it. A player can easily go against it and opt for a slot such the Tiki Island slot. Most casinos will implement this in their reward program. If a player nears to their betting limit, they will start receiving notifications about their limit. If a player crosses his limit, he will automatically be logged out of the game. The game can only be restarted if the player chooses to put on some money and start the play all over again.
While the initial responses from the operators are favourable, it remains to be seen how punters react to this going forward.