The Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling told state gambling regulators Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board that its $2 million a year in financing is not adequate to meet the growing needs of treating compulsive gambling disorders.

“We’re still meeting only a fraction of the needs shown by prevalence studies,” said Reece Middleton, executive director of the nonprofit association. “We are now at the point where we need to ask for more money.”


The Compulsive and Problem Gaming Fund receives one-quarter of 1 percent of gross gambling revenues, up to a total of $500,000, from each of four different sources: riverboats, video poker, the state lottery and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the state’s sole land-based casino.


In the years since that formula was devised, the state has opened more riverboat casinos and put more video poker machines online, but no more money flows to the problem-gambling fund because the contributions from those types of ventures are topped out.


In addition, the state has allowed new gambling venues that are not required to contribute to the fund. For example, three racetracks have opened casinos, or “racinos,” and Churchill Downs Inc. , new owner of the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, soon is expected to begin the state and local approval process for slot machines.


The addition of more gambling means more opportunities for people to develop gambling problems, the organization said.


At the same time, the compulsive gambling association has become more ambitious in its outreach efforts, opening a second residential treatment center, CORE-South, in 2003 in New Orleans.


Louisiana is considered a leader nationwide in its compulsive gambling treatment efforts, and its two centers are among only five facilities devoted exclusively to gambling problems in the United States.


The state’s two residential treatment centers have admitted more than 1,220 people since the original facility, in Shreveport, opened in 1999. More than 200 people have enrolled in outpatient programs since they began in January 2003. Caseloads in both programs are increasing. Since the Problem Gamblers Helpline opened in 2003, it has handled 13,978 calls for help, including 117 suicide calls, Middleton said.


Middleton said Rep. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, plans to revive HB 470, which never made it out of committee last spring, to dedicate up to $500,000 of “racino” revenue to the compulsive gambling treatment fund. Another idea for increasing the amount of money available for treatment programs is to raise the $500,000 cap on each form of gambling.


TOGEL Gaming Board member Mervin J. “Kelly” Simoneaux suggested that Middleton ask Louisiana’s three American Indian casinos for donations to the compulsive gambling treatment programs. Indian casinos are not regulated by the gambling control board or taxed by the state.


Of the three Indian casinos, Middleton said the only one that contributes to the compulsive gambling fund is the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, which donated $25,000 to the effort this year. Avoyelles Parish, where the Paragon is located, has a high rate of compulsive gambling problems, Middleton said.


If the association is successful at getting additional money, Middleton said he would use it to expand youth outreach efforts. As casinos nationwide try to reach out to younger audiences, there are increasing signs of problem gambling among young people, Middleton said. His group, in association with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and researchers at Harvard University, have developed a curriculum for schools.


With additional financing, Middleton said he also would try to expand outpatient treatment services in New Orleans, buy the residential treatment building in Shreveport and create a compulsive gambling halfway house where clients could go after residential treatment. Middleton did not specify how much more money is needed.


Rob Stillwell, a spokesman for Boyd Gaming Corp. , which owns Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino, the state’s first racetrack casino, said his company supports responsible gambling efforts, but the decision on how to allocate “racino” tax money would be up to the state.


“The state of Louisiana is one of the few states that actually sets aside money to assist with the responsible gambling effort, and they’ve really done a great job at it,” Stillwell said. “To what level the funding needs to change, that would be something that the Legislature needs to decide.”






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Free Gambling Tips – Slot Machine Togel Tips



The objective of playing slots is to bet coins or credit and spin the machine’s “reels” so that symbols line up on the machine’s “paylines”, as described in the machine’s “payout” schedule. Players can choose how many coins or how much credit to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on.


The payout schedule displays the machines winning combinations and the values for each combination. These values vary according to the credit bet with each spin.


Some machines give players the opportunity to win even more credit, by allowing them to bet their winnings and original bet using a secondary betting system.


There are two types of slot machines: “straight” and “progressive”. Both types seem generally the same. One major difference is that straight slots pay a pre-determined value, as described in their payout schedule. Progressive slots are usually linked to other slot machines. The other slots may reside in the same building, state, or even globally, as seems to be the case with some Internet based slots. These “progressive” machines share a “jackpot” that increases each time a player deposits bets at one of the linked machines. As a result, the jackpot can grow to astronomical proportions.





Slot machines are generally programmed to pay a percentage of their winnings. This percentage tends to be between 85% and 98%, depending on the machine, it’s location and usage. The higher the percentage, the more the machine tends to payout.




Play machines that advertise a higher payout percentage (between 95% & 99%). These machines may be dollar or higher denomination machines.


Ensure you understand the payout schedule prior to deciding how much to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on. It would be unfortunate to produce a winning then realize it could have been significantly higher had the bet been slightly higher.


Some progressive slots will only award a jackpot win to a player betting the maximum amount. Not betting the maximum amount means you could produce the required combination for a jackpot win but miss out because you did not bet the required amount. Make sure you understand the payout schedule and if necessary, ask a machine attendant to clarify it for you.


The amount of credit bet is not related to the likelihood of spinning a winning combination.


Generally, it seems more beneficial to bet the maximum amount of credit per payline. The problem, however, is that this has the potential to quickly exhaust your wallet. With this in mind, find a machine that best suits your budget. A quarter Togel machine may suit your budget more so than a dollar machine, for example.


Recognize when a jackpot (large value) has been won. Some machines will ask you to call an attendant who will organize payment to you. Never handle or walk away from a machine that has just produced a jackpot winning. Call the attendant or have someone call him/her for you while you wait at the machine.


If you play slots regularly, take a note of which machines tend to be paying out significantly. If a machine seems to be paying out significantly, and often, it may be worthwhile giving this machine a try sometime. You may find that casinos place their most liberal machines in places where they are likely to attract attention.


Consider trying the machine next to you if your machine isn’t paying off.


Find out if the venue you intend to play at offers other incentives, such as points, meals, accommodation, etc., that goes with your game play. This however doesn’t mean that you should play purely for these secondary benefits.


Try to recognize when your luck may have changed. There are many examples of people winning significantly then “getting greedy”, so to speak, and losing everything.


Make sure you empty the machine of your credit prior to leaving it. Each year, people accidentally abandon machines that still have their credit inside.


Assign a budget for the day’s play. If the budget is lost, you will know when to leave the casino.


Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose.


Remember to always have fun 🙂




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