RGA hosts Responsible Gambling Awareness Day

Online poker players are being urged to bet responsibly today as the members of the gaming industry band together to host a gambling awareness day.

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is leading the event, designed to encourage safe gambling practices and raise awareness of the services available to online players who could develop problems.

The day is supported by RGA members, which includes some of the biggest U.K. online gaming firms.

The RGA and partner Web sites will feature gambling information, fund national advertising campaigns, hold fundraising events and communicate with customers through pop-ups on the sites about problem gambling.

For the majority of people, says the RGA in a release, gambling is a harmless leisure activity. However, the organization says it wants member customers to gamble within their means and be aware of the advice available to prevent irresponsible online play.

"By encouraging responsible gambling and providing the right tools, support and information we can raise awareness of the signs of irresponsible gambling and help individuals to make the right choices for themselves at the right time," said RGA chair Nick Rust.

The awareness day is part of new regulations on U.K. gambling companies, outlined in the country's 2005 Gambling Act.

"Events like this are therefore integral to a range of measures that a socially responsible industry should be undertaking to help prevent problem gambling as well as inform people about the help available to them if they do develop a gambling problem," said U.K. Minister of Sport Richard Caborn.

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