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April 27, 2011
The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today reminded patrons who
gamble at a Commonwealth casino that help is available in understanding the
rules of games that will permit them to play wisely and responsibly.
"Gaming at casinos can be intimidating and confusing for first time visitors, or
even regular patrons, who choose to play a game," says Gaming Control Board
Chairman Greg Fajt. "We suggest that before setting foot in a casino, have a
plan on how much you are willing to spend when gambling and never play games
without taking some time to understand the game and its rules. Following these
two simple suggestions will help you have a more enjoyable time and not regret
your visit when you leave."
Fajt says that through both law and regulations, all Pennsylvania casinos are
required to have information available to patrons on the rules of the games they
offer. The rules can come in the form of information sheets, brochures and
through help menus on a slot machine.
"This information, along with information on compulsive and problem gambling are
always available at security podiums, players club desks and other high
visibility areas within Pennsylvania casinos," he says.
In addition, Fajt says that if you don't understand something about a game,
don't hesitate to ask casino staff for help.
"While casinos are mandated by the Board to have the rules of the game available
in print, casino customer service representatives are also available to help
patrons with questions," Fajt explains. "This help includes the dealers who are
not only trained in explaining the games to new players but are also a great
source to a returning player in better understanding a particular table game."
Another Board regulation designed to help patrons is a requirement for the
casinos to post table game rules and gaming guides on their website.
Patrons can also familiarize themselves on the rules of the games by reviewing
the Board's regulations on its web site, www.pgcb.state.pa.us, while the
American Gaming Association (www.aga.com) also has an informative publication on
the myths and facts of slot machines.
Finally, casinos often hold classes on how to play each game for patrons. These
classes are usually held in a roped off section of the casino and allows patrons
to understand the rules of particular games before using their own money in a
The Board recommends that you contact the appropriate casino by phone or review
their web site for more information on these events.
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