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Responsible Gaming

When You Play, Play Smart

Most players simply enjoy gambling for the fun. But gambling can become a serious matter. Problem gambling is a disorder that can cause psychological, financial, emotional, marital and legal difficulties – not just for the gambler, but also for his or her family, friends and employers. It’s an illness that requires more than will power to overcome. At Shooting Star Casino, we believe it’s important to play it smart. We encourage our guests to play responsibly.

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code of conduct

Shooting Star Casino believes guests should enjoy casino games solely for fun. To help our guests maintain healthy gaming habits, we’ve created our Code of Conduct.
We also encourage casino players everywhere to learn how they can identify the signs of a gaming problem so they may confront issues when they arise.

“Play Smart” Gaming Tips:

  • Schedule your gaming time and stick to it. Know your limit, and never play for longer periods of time than planned, regardless of whether you are winning or losing.
  • Budget your money responsibly, and consider it a cost of entertainment. Never play when you’re depending on winning it back.
  • Do not borrow money to gamble in hopes of making up for losses.
  • Discuss your gaming with family and friends. You should always feel comfortable sharing details.
  • Never use gambling as an emotional pick-me-up.

Gaming Resources

For free, confidential help, contact the Minnesota Problem Gambling Hotline at 1.800.333.HOPE or visit

know the signs

How can you identify a gambling problem? Here are signs to watch for:

  • Increased frequency of gambling activity
  • Increased amount of money gambled
  • Spending an excessive amount of time gambling at the expense of job or family time
  • Being preoccupied with gambling or with obtaining money to gamble
  • Gambling continues despite negative consequences such as financial problems, absences from work or family problems
  • Using gambling as a means to cope with loneliness, anger, stress or depression
  • An urgent need to keep gambling – often with larger bets or the taking of greater risks
  • Borrowing money to gamble, taking out secret loans, cashing in or borrowing on life insurance policies, or maximizing credit cards
  • Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  • Frequent mood swings – higher when winning, lower when losing
  • Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  • Secretive behavior such as hiding lottery tickets and betting slips or having bills sent to work or other addresses.

Child Safety Policy

Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center is a destination that provides a fun, safe and entertaining atmosphere for all our guests. Children are welcome as hotel guests or as day visitors to the non-gaming attractions when accompanied by their parents or other adults. The Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center is primarily an adult environment. Except for designated areas, we do not provide play areas for children. There is no child care provider on the Shooting Star Casino premises.

Child Safety Rules

  • No one under the age of 18 may enter the gaming areas, not even when accompanied by an adult or authorized person.
  • Children under the age of 12 cannot be left alone in the hotel rooms, arcade, pool, vehicles or public areas per regulatory guidelines.
  • Children 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by a parent or other adult at all times. Children 13 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or other adult between the hours of 11PM to 7AM.
  • Children under 18 years of age may follow the walkways to utilize the restaurants when accompanied by a parent or other adult.
  • A parent or adult who is on the gaming floor is not considered to be supervising his/her child even though the child is within their sight.
  • Shows and concerts may be restricted for guests under the age of 18 due to content. See postings or ticket sales for restrictions.
  • A child whose parents cannot be located within a reasonable amount of time will be turned over to the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department.
  • If a child between the ages of 12 and 17 appears to be distressed by the prolonged absence of a parent, the procedure for children under 12 years old will be followed. If parents become separated from their children, parents should approach the nearest security personnel for help.