The National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”) and the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado (“PGCC”) are hosting the 33rd National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling this weekend at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver, Colorado.  This annual conference is the premier educational and networking event for problem gambling and responsible gambling professionals in the country.

Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the NCPG, and Larry Wall, President of the PGCC, gave the following overview of the conference:

“You will find a variety of speakers discussing numerous hot topics over four days in Denver, including responsible gambling and regulation, military and gambling, prevention, treatment and recovery, and community. We expect to welcome over 600 professionals in prevention, education, treatment, research and regulation, as well as members of the recovery community. Take advantage of this incredible opportunity for professional development, networking and “Awareness plus Action!” The Conference program will highlight best practices and rising trends in problem gambling and responsible gambling, including sports betting. Our line-up of keynote and breakout session speakers is unmatched in these unique fields.”

The conference includes seven different educational tracks, including:

  • Community Track
  • Military and Gambling Track
  • Prevention Track
  • Recovery Track
  • Responsible Gaming and Regulation Track
  • Treatment Track
  • Additional Sessions Track

A highlight event sponsored by MGM Resorts International is being held to kick off the Conference tonight at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.Additionally, at noon the National Problem Gambling Awards Ceremony will take place which is sponsored by Ohio for Responsible Gambling.  

Onsite registration is offered.  More information on the conference can be found  here

Michael Burke, President of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling and a member of the NCPG Board of Directors provided the following observation on the conference:

“We are especially happy with the focus that the conference is placing on treatment, both for problem gamblers in general, and members of the military who suffer from this disorder.  The gaming industry provides very substantial funding to address problem gambling in Michigan and in many states.  It is very important for this money to get directed toward providing effective treatment.  Our best estimates are that about 1 out of 10 problem gamblers ever seek treatment.  Thus, 90% of gamblers continue to struggle with this addiction without the benefit of professional (or 12-step) help. We know that problem gambling treatments work for those who use them.”


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