NCRG To Hold First International Sessions At Global Gaming Expo Asia

Experts to Examine Responsible Gaming through Scientific and Cultural Lenses

May 13, 2008

WASHINGTON– The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) will make its first foray into international programming next month with a series of educational sessions at Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia) in Macau. The event, to be held June 3-5 at Venetian Macao’s Cotai Strip Convention and Exhibition Center, will examine responsible gaming programs within both scientific and culturally specific frameworks, as part of G2E Asia’s corporate social responsibility conference track.

“We are thrilled to bring this important educational content to our new event in Asia,” said Courtney Muller, group vice president of G2E for Reed Exhibitions. “Responsible gaming was mentioned by all of our conference advisory board members as a critically important topic – who better to educate this booming market on that subject than the NCRG?”

The NCRG will sponsor two sessions at G2E Asia that will highlight different aspects of responsible gaming. The first, “Proactive Progress: A Science-based Framework for Responsible Gaming,” will educate attendees about the history of disordered gambling research, the results and implications of that research, and the practical applications for both industry and government that have been produced as a result.

The second session, “Lost in Translation: Responsible Gaming Programs in Asia,” will examine the responsible gaming programs currently used by Western casino operations and discuss how they may or may not translate to operations in Asia when considering the cultural differences of gamblers and employees.

The NCRG also will sponsor “Understanding the Need for Responsible Gaming,” as part of G2E Asia’s new Gaming Management Certificate program, developed in partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Singapore campus and the University of Macau. The one-day certificate program is a professional development course specifically designed to help gaming supervisors and managers upgrade their management skills to position themselves for future career advancement.

“We’re tremendously pleased to be able to bring the NCRG’s wealth of scientific and practical knowledge of disordered gambling and responsible gaming to the Asian market, where the rapidly expanding industry points to a clear need for research-based education on this vital subject,” said Phil Satre, chairman of the NCRG. “We look forward to establishing a strong relationship with the industry in Asia so we can begin developing effective responsible gaming programming there.”

For more information about the event, please visitwww.G2EAsia.comor contact Keli Wallace


The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder. Founded in 1996 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the NCRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorders by supporting the finest peer-reviewed, scientific research into pathological and youth gambling; encouraging the application of new research findings to improve prevention, diagnostic, intervention and treatment strategies; and advancing public education about responsible gaming. The NCRG is the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) affiliated charity. For more information,