National Center for Responsible Gaming

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

The National Center for Responsible Gaming is the affiliated charity of the the American Gaming Association. The NCRG is an industry-funded organization funded almost entirely by gambling and gambling-affiliated interests. Funders include Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., International Game Technology, Mandalay Resort Group, MGM Mirage and Park Place Entertainment Corporation. Multi-year funding for 2008 was derived from:

  • $2,000,000 from Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. MGM Mirage
  • $1,000,000 from International Game Technology
  • $500,000 from Ameristar Casinos, Inc., Boyd Gaming Corporation, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
  • $250,000 from Penn National Gaming, Inc., Station Casinos, Inc., WMS Industries
  • $225,000 from Wynn Resorts, Limited
  • $125,000 Bally Technologies

Studies funded by NCRG focus exclusively on non-casino causes of compulsive gambling, like genetics, "neuroscience," (the relationship between substance abuse and gambling), adolescence, "computer addiction," individual personality traits, etc.

NCRG sponsors an annual conference on gambling addiction, which is held at a casino.[1]


National Center for Responsible Gaming
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 1175
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: 202-552-2689, Fax: 202-552-2676
Web site:

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