Gambling Research Organization Receives $300,000 From The Sands

Feb 8, 2022

Contact:Christine Reilly (617-359-9904)

For immediate release


BEVERLY, MASS.—The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced today a $300,000 grant from the Sands in support of research and education on gambling disorder and responsible gambling.

ICRG President Arthur Paikowsky praised Sands for its steadfast commitment to addressing gambling addiction and responsible gaming: “Sands has been one of ICRG’s leading donors for nearly a decade. Their support has enabled the ICRG to build the field of research that will lead to effective treatment, prevention and responsible gaming.”

Donations from Sands have funded a variety of ground-breaking projects at the ICRG.

  • The first research-based guide, “Talking to Children about Gambling,” intended to reduce youth gambling.
  • The first website designed to reduce gambling problems among college students.
  • The first research project focused on training credit counselors to identify clients with gambling problems and offer support.

Maria-Christina Annaloro, director of government relations and responsible gaming at Sands, described the company’s commitment to responsible gaming: “Sands has a best-in-class, global responsible gaming program that aims to reduce gambling risk and improve social safeguards to help our guests make informed choices. The Sands’ responsible gaming strategy includes five core pillars – team member training,


Ambassador assistance (24/7), self-limit options, accessible and prominent signage for resources and partnering with organizations that support this cause – all designed to directly reach and help patrons before a problem develops. The Responsible Gambling Ambassador program was developed with leading experts in the field of Responsible Gaming so Sands can provide resources and support at the right time.”


About the ICRG

The ICRG, founded in 1996, continues to serve as the only funding source for scientific research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling in the United States. Recently, it has become a global leader in the field. For more information, visit


L-R: Alan Feldman (UNLV), Maria-Christina Annaloro (The Sands), Arthur Paikowsky (ICRG)