Responsible Gaming

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gaming Enterprise (SMSCGE) and its casinos, Mystic Lake and Little Six, maintain a strong commitment to responsible gaming. We pledge to our employees and guests that encouraging responsible gaming will serve as a guiding principle of our daily operations.

To promote responsible gaming, the SMSCGE will:

• Adhere to Minnesota state law requiring all individuals gaming in our casinos to be over the age 18.

• Make information available to guests and employees both online and in our casinos on gaming responsibly. This information will include the toll-free Minnesota Problem Gambling Helpline number and resources for seeking help and treatment with compulsive or problem gambling.

• Offer a self-exclusion policy for guests who no longer wish to have access to casino privileges or receive Mystic Lake and/or Little Six promotional and marketing materials.

• Serve alcoholic beverages and sell tobacco products responsibly and in full accordance with Minnesota state law. We will not knowingly serve alcohol to anyone visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21.

• Vigilantly prevent underage and/or visibly intoxicated individuals from gaming in our casinos in full accordance with Minnesota state law.

• Provide regular employee training on the signs and dangers of compulsive gambling and the SMSCGE’s policies on promoting responsible gaming at all times.

• Advertise and market our casino games in a socially responsible, ethical way that does not promote or encourage excessive or dangerous behaviors. Where practical, this will include specific messages encouraging responsible gaming.

• Conduct periodic reviews of materials and training provided by the SMSCGE and Mystic Lake and Little Six casinos to ensure that the information provided is accurate, accessible, and helpful to our guests who need it.

If you feel you need help, please call the 24-hour confidential MN State Helpline 1-800-333-4673 (hope).


Warning Signs of problem gaming

• Increased frequency of gaming activity

• Increased amount of money used for gaming

• Gaming for longer periods of time than originally planned

• Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses

• Lying about how money is spent

• Borrowing to cover gaming losses

• An inability to stop gaming

• Denying there is a problem


Additional signs of problem gambling may include frequent absences from home and work, excessive phone use, withdrawal from family, personality changes (increased irritability/hostility) and diversion of family funds. It’s important to realize that problem gambling can affect anyone. It is estimated that one to two percent of Minnesotans meet the diagnostic criteria for compulsive gaming. Another one to two percent experience problems related to their gaming behaviors.


Additional Resources

MN State Helpline 1-800-333-4673 (hope)

Minnesota Department of Human Resources:

National Center for Responsible Gaming:

Gamblers Anonymous:

National Council on Problem Gambling:

Responsible Gambling Council:

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance: