Casino Watch is a single-issue, volunteer-driven organization, opposing the expansion of gambling since 1993.
Their extensive research along with the help of thousands of volunteers has enabled them to successfully prevent most of the efforts to expand gambling in Missouri. Casino Watch has prevented race tracks, kiddie slots, video slot machines in bars, convenience stores, and fraternal organizations, and high stakes electronic bingo in Missouri. Since 1995, they have worked each year to ensure that casinos fail in their attempt to remove the $500 gambling loss limit. Missouri is the only place in the world with this loss limit protection for families.
Casino Watch maintains a comprehensive gambling research library of over 200,000 newspaper and magazine articles, books, audio and video tapes, and medical and academic studies. Other states and nations have used their information in their own opposition to gambling expansion.
Casino Watch lobbies at the state and federal level, they testify in hearings, they produce and distribute informational literature, and they assist communities and legislators in their work against gambling expansion. The national recognition Casino Watch has gained over the years has given them a platform from which they strive to bring more understanding of gambling's great dangers. Leaders of this organization have been featured in many national newspapers, television and radio programs.
Casino Watch's mission is to stop gambling, help the victims, and equip others.
The economic and social costs of gambling result in a net loss for states, communities, and families. We are working to prevent gambling expansion and to reduce and limit the most addictive elements of gambling.
Help the Victims
Gambling destroys businesses, divides communities, and tears families apart. Children and the elderly are often the unseen, innocent victims. We are working to generate a well-funded treatment program for the addicted and their families; to promote and pass laws which will protect families from losing their homes; and to provide information that will help those caught in the dark cycle of gambling addiction.
Thorough research and unbiased information provide a solid foundation for successful efforts against gambling expansion. We are working to maintain and update our comprehensive gambling library; to provide a speakers bureau for groups and organizations needing more information; and to educate through media interviews and information distribution.