Gaming Companies Raise Money To Support Problem And Youth Gambling Research

Jun 4, 2001

At the third annual JCM-AGA Golf Classic held May 21, 2001 at TPC Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada, executives from casino operators, slot manufacturers and related industries contributed $50,000 to finance groundbreaking research on problem and youth gambling. The event, hosted by JCM American Corporation (JCM) and the American Gaming Association (AGA), raised funds for the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

‘JCM is committed to serving the gaming industry and strives to raise awareness to conduct gaming responsibly,’ stated JCM President Akiyoshi Isoi. ‘We are grateful to receive an overwhelmingly positive response from registrants, sponsors and auction donors, who helped make this the most successful tournament yet.’

The NCRG was created by the gaming industry to address problem and youth gambling through independent research and education. The organization also promotes public awareness of problem and youth gambling through conferences and other programs for researchers, treatment providers, gaming industry personnel and public policy makers. The research will lead to effective prevention and treatment of problem gambling and has the potential to unravel the mysteries of a whole range of addictive disorders.

‘We are extremely grateful to JCM and the American Gaming Association for their continued commitment to addressing problem and youth gambling,’ said NCRG Chairman Major General Paul A. Harvey (Ret.). ‘This event was a tremendous success, and, together with the leadership represented here, we will continue to make great strides toward understanding these issues and educating people on how to responsibly enjoy gaming entertainment.’

Added AGA President and CEO Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr.: ‘This event is important because it will help fund quality research and contribute to a greater understanding of disordered gambling — a goal that everyone in the industry shares.’

The JCM/AGA Golf Classic event also included an auction conducted by Bill Acosta of the Flamingo and professional auctioneer Christian Kolberg, with a guest appearance from Melinda of the Venetian.

Contributors at the event included Anchor Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Bally/Alliance Gaming, Golf Augusta Pro Shops, Greenspun Media Group, Hi-Tech Gaming, IC Group, International Game Technology, PDS Financial, Reed Exhibition Companies, Shuffle Master Gaming, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada and WMS Gaming.

JCM American Corporations, located in Las Vegas, Nev., is a manufacturer of high quality currency equipment. JCM introduced the bill validator specially designed for the gaming industry in 1985. Since then, the company has introduced a full line of revolutionary products including the World Bill Acceptor (WBA™), which has become the industry standard. JCM is committed to providing the industry with the utmost in security, efficiency and quality.

The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.