Gambling Research Center Opens Today
William C. Lhotka Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
With funding from casinos, the national gaming industry is expected to open today in Kansas City the first national research center for problem gambling.
The National Center for Responsible Gaming is being set up by the American Gaming Association as a nonprofit foundation to conduct research and to provide information that would lead to the development of prevention, intervention and treatment programs.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Bill Boyd were expected to explain the structure and specific goals of the new center at a briefing this morning at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Fahrenkopf is president of the American Gaming Association, which has its headquarters in Washington. Boyd is chairman and chief executive officer of Boyd Gaming Corp. of Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming opened the $145 million Sam's Town casino in northeast Kansas City on Sept. 13.
Sam's Town was the Kansas City area's third casino and the seventh to open in Missouri. Two Missouri casinos are operating in the St. Louis area - Casino St. Charles and the Admiral - and one each in St. Joseph and Carruthersville.
Fahrenkopf, 56, of Reno, Nev. …