Boomtown, mayor annouce Responsible Gaming Education Week

Mayor A.J. Holloway joined Boomtown Casino and the Mississippi Center for Problem and Compulsive Gambling today to kick off Responsible Gaming Education Week, which will be observed Aug. 1-5 this year.

This year’s observance will be titled “Know the Odds” and will use puzzles, quizzes and games to help explain the odds of casino games and “how to keep it fun,” said Boomtown General Manager Richard Neal.

‚ÄúParticipating in Responsible Gaming Education Week provides us with an opportunity to educate all of our employees about responsible gaming and empower them to share responsible gaming messages with our guests,‚ÄĚ Neal said.

Holloway, meantime, thanked Boomtown for sponsoring the event, and read a proclamation declaring the week as Responsible Gaming Education Week.

During today’s luncheon announcement, Boomtown also contributed $1,500 to Betty Greer of the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling. The council operates a 24-hour help line (1-888-777-9696), and provides crisis intervention, as well as education and training about the problems associated with compulsive gambling.

To see photos from today’s event, click here.

To learn more about the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling,
click here.

To read a draft of the mayoral proclamation issued today, click here.

News and notes

Meetings: Reminder, the Biloxi City Council will meet twice Tuesday, to discuss the city budget at 10 a.m. and for a regularly scheduled meeting at 1:30. Both of the public meetings will be at City Hall. For background on the budget issue, click here. To see the agendas for both meetings, click here.

Breakfast: Mayor A.J. Holloway will discuss the issues du jour during the Biloxi Chamber’s “Breakfast with the Mayor,” which will be Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Vibe restaurant at Hard Rock.

Reeg: If you missed Regis Philbin fawning over the “cool” city of “Ba-lock-see,” online video is now available from the July 29 program. To see it, click here.

A special time: Biloxi Assistant Chief of Police Rodney McGilvary, a longtime Special Olympics advocate, reports that about 100 athletes, partners and family members from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina will be in town this week for the Special Olympics Sailing Regatta. The event, which kicks off Wednesday, will be staged at the Biloxi Yacht Club, where an awards gala will be held Saturday.