To help problem gamblers and minimize the risk of gambling addiction the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) today announced that they have introduced “a self-help tool for individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in the new internet-based gaming (iGaming) activities for sports wagering and casino-like games.”
The new tool is created to help gamblers voluntarily ban themselves from gaming in Pennsylvania casinos. The Gaming Commission has said that their new tool is modeled after the successful Self-Exclusion Program which has been proven and tested to help gamblers stay away from compulsive gambling.
In a statement to the press the Gaming Commission said that, “All Commonwealth on-line gaming sites must refuse wagers and deny gaming privileges to all persons on the iGaming Self-Exclusion list, as well as refuse any player club membership, complimentary goods and services, and other similar privileges; and, ensure that persons on the iGaming Self-Exclusion list do not receive solicitations, targeted mailings, telemarketing promotions, player club materials or other promotional materials relating to iGaming activities.”
The commission also explicitly mentioned that the new tool is only for PGCB’s iGaming Self-Exclusion Program and is separate from the existing casino Self-Exclusion Program.
It should be noted that earlier in April, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) had announced that the poker sites and online casinos can operate in the state from 15 July. As such the new self-exclusion tool can be seen a step to compliment the new development in the state.