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Friday, January 28, 2011


Most states that allow casino gambling offer a self-exclusion program. New Jersey requires one who wishes to enroll in the self-exclusion program to appear at the offices of the Casino Gaming Commission in Atlantic City or Trenton during normal business hours. The periods of time that one can be placed on the self-exclusion list are one year, five, years, or life. After one or five years have passed, depending on the option selected by the gambler, they can request removal from self-exclusion by appearing at the Casino Control Board office again. Once someone signs up for a lifetime of self-exclusion, they cannot be removed from self-exclusion.

Pennsylvania will allow people to enroll in self-exclusion at the casinos at any time, and the options are the same, but it is somewhat more difficult to remove yourself from self-exclusion. Pennsylvania requires two visits to the office of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGBC)in Harrisburg that are separated by at least seven calendar days to remove someone from self-exclusion.

Signing up for self-exclusion can have unexpected complications because it is the policy of Harrah's Corporation to extend one's self-exclusion in any state to all of their U.S. properties.

According to public documents published by the PGBC, enforcement of self-exclusion is often the denial of jackpots to people who are in violation of self-exclusion. Self-exclusion is a useful tool for those who want to stop gambling because it is largely an honor system.

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