Nearly $2 Million Committed To NCRG For Research And Education On Gambling Addiction

Pledge from Las Vegas Sand Corp. drives the 2016 pledge renewal campaign

Jan 3, 2017

BEVERLY, MA – The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) announced today that several major casino operators pledged $1.155 million in 2016 to support the organization’s mission of funding innovative research and education about gambling disorder and responsible gaming. An additional $610,000 was raised through annual contributions and conference sponsorships. These commitments put the NCRG over the $27 million mark in fundraising since its establishment in 1996.

“This remarkable support from the gaming industry will fund the next level of groundbreaking research for this field,” said Russell Sanna, PhD, executive director of the NCRG. “As the nation’s largest private funder of research on gambling disorder, the NCRG counts on these vital commitments to increase our understanding of gambling disorders and responsible gaming.”

The companies that renewed multi-year funding pledges during this campaign include:
• Las Vegas Sands Corp. ($900,000 over three years)
• Penn National Gaming ($180,000 over three years)
• Pinnacle Entertainment ($75,000 over three years)

An additional $610,000 was raised through payments on past pledges, single year contributions
and conference sponsorships from the following companies:
• MGM Resorts International ($312,000)
• Boyd Gaming Corporation ($80,000)
• Wynn Resorts ($60,000)
• Rush Street Gaming ($50,000)
• Isle of Capri Casinos ($54,000)
• IGT ($15,000)
• Potawatomi Hotel & Casino ($10,000)
• Betsson Group ($8,000)
• Caesars Entertainment, Inc. ($5,000)
• William Hill US ($5,000)
• Seneca Gaming Corporation ($5,000)
• GameCo ($3,000)
• BMM Testlabs ($3,000)

The NCRG has made a significant impact by increasing understanding of gambling disorder and responsible gaming through high-quality research and science-based resources. NCRG-funded research has produced more than 325 articles in top-tier peer-reviewed publications, leading to a number of significant advancements in the field’s knowledge of gambling disorder prevalence, promising treatment strategies and youth gambling.

The NCRG has also developed peerless educational trainings–including the regional clinician workshops and webinars–and publications that are designed to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

“The NCRG continues to expand its public education offerings through new videos, publications and science-based resources,” said Sanna. “By growing our research and education initiatives, we expand opportunities to learn about this public health issue and continue to seek ways to help those in need.”

To learn more about the NCRG, visit To stay up-to-date on year-round educational opportunities and the latest news and issues in the field, visit the NCRG’s blog – Gambling Disorders 360° – and connect with the NCRG on Facebook and Twitter.


The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of gambling disorder and youth gambling. The NCRG was founded in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit