Rush Street Interactive (RSI), the parent company of BetRivers Sportsbook in Illinois, has named Tammi Barlow as the new Director of Corporate Responsibility. The news comes during the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) “Responsible Gaming Education Week.”
In her new role, Barlow will lead RSI’s responsible gaming initiatives. She will also spearhead RSI’s corporate responsibility strategy.
Richard Schwartz, the chief executive officer of RSI, said in a press release:
“As legal online gaming continues to expand across the country, it is critical that our industry’s customers and employees are equipped with the tools and resources necessary to help ensure safe and fun gambling experiences. Tammi is a highly experienced executive with a demonstrated history of developing successful responsible gaming programs. RSI remains focused on being at the forefront of this important topic and we are proud to further our commitment to serving as a good corporate citizen with Tammi’s addition to the team.”
Barlow previously served as the director of responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
She said of the move:
“I have long admired RSI for its thought leadership and continuous improvement approach to responsible gaming efforts. Together with our partners in the industry, I look forward to educating RSI’s stakeholders on the risks and rewards associated with gambling and empowering them to make smart decisions that create a betting gaming industry and better society.”
Barlow also serves as a subject matter expert on Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. With sports betting legalization expanding in the US, it is important for prominent companies to keep responsible gaming a top priority.
More about Responsible Gaming Education Week
Responsible Gaming Education Week runs from Sept. 19-25. The AGA has a series of resources available for all interested parties.
AGA members can also attend responsible gaming webinars this week. Some of the topics include:
- Sept. 21: ICRG webinar: Who’s responsible for gambling?
- Sept. 22: Responsible marketing code for sports wagering training.
- Sept. 23: Consumers first: Centralizing RG initiatives for the US mobile wagering marketplace.
The AGA says the goal of the week is to “provide an opportunity to showcase our dedication to responsible gaming programs. It also provides a specific opportunity to refresh employee training, promote transparency and gaming literacy to customers, and work with community partners on advancing responsible gaming initiatives.”
Resources for problem gamblers in Illinois
If you are in Illinois and believe you have a gambling problem, there are resources available.
The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a website, WeKnowTheFeeling.org, for help, support and advice about problem gambling.
This is in concert with a hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER, that is operational at all times. People can also text ILGAMB to 53342 for help.