The New York State Gaming Commission and its partners teamed up at Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. to share resources available for anyone with a gambling problem.

The Executive Director for the State’s Gaming Commission, Robert Williams, said

“I think it’s very important to illustrate that it’s a cooperative event, and that we’re welcome on here, and they’re trying to do the right thing by providing greater access and greater visibility for those who are in need, and need problem gambling services,” said Williams.

Jim Maney, Executive Director for New York Council on Problem Gambling, said technology is also helping to play a part in how people engage in gambling

“Everytime we expand gambling in the state of New York be it, the last one was mobile sports betting, which was huge, next one’s gonna be I-gaming,” said Maney. “They’re gonna take all the casino games and put them on, so the expansion of gambling is not gonna stop because the technology is not gonna stop,” he added. “I think we’re more and more aware today about the dangers of problem gambling,” Maney said.

Patricia Zuber-Wilson, Associate Commissioner for the New York State Office of Addiction Support & Services, said people should try to set boundaries in place.

“If you are gambling, have a game plan when you go in, set limits on spending, what’s your budget, how much can you spend doing gambling,” said Zuber-Wilson. “Set limits on your time, you know, make sure that you have a time limit, so you know when it’s time to go,” she added. “Alcohol, set those limits, and also, remember, over 21,” Zuber-Wilson said.

Zuber-Wilson said support is available if you recognize there is a problem.