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Opening day at del Lago Resort & Casino.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

With the opening of del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, two New York state agencies will hold a meeting on responsible gambling in Seneca County. 

The meeting spearheaded by the state's Responsible Play Partnership will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Seneca County Office Building's training auditorium, 2465 North Road, Seneca Falls. 

The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from the state agencies and del Lago Resort & Casino will be in attendance. 

The Responsible Play Partnership, which consists of the state Gaming Commission, the Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the New York Council on Problem Gambling, will use the meetings to discuss responsible gaming and resources available for those who struggle with gambling addiction. 

"Now that resort destination casinos are operating in New York state, it's important to remind everyone in the community and beyond that there are procedures in place and avenues available for those who need help with problem gambling," said Robert Williams, executive director of the state Gaming Commission. 

Del Lago opened Feb. 1 and generated more than $13 million in gross revenue in its first month of operation. 

Virtually all of the casino's promotional material contains information about problem gambling services. Even del Lago's Twitter bio contains a number for the problem gambling hotline — (877) 8-HOPENY. 

The Responsible Play Partnership will hold meetings in other communities where casinos have recently opened. 

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, the coalition will lead a discussion at Schenectady County Community College. Rivers Casino & Resort opened Feb. 8 in Schenectady. 

The following week, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, a similar meeting will be held at Broome Community College. Tioga Downs, which is in neighboring Tioga County, expanded into a full casino late last year. 

"We look forward to meeting with community members to discuss problem gambling and gambling addiction services," said Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, commissioner of the Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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