Pennsylvania made a big announcement on Tuesday in terms of sports gambling.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday that it made a change modeled after the highly proclaimed Self-Exclusion Program.
Per the PGCB official website (offices based in Harrisburg), the board has launched a Self-Exclusion Program for online betting.
“The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced that 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 is now available,” the Gaming Control Board website wrote in a press release.
This Self-Exclusion Program has helped more than 1,000 people by giving them the options to block themselves from gaming at casinos in Pennsylvania if they choose.
This iGaming Self-Exclusion Program will work in a very comparable way. People can choose a 1-year, 5-year or lifetime ban for online gambling – meaning that they will not receive targeted advertising or mailing related to sports gambling. Anyone who volunteers to be put on the list won’t be able to make wagers on their phones.
Pennsylvania is using this program to protect its addicted gamblers and this could be a model that other states follow in due time.
The PGCB defines self-exclusion on its website:
“Self-exclusion is a process that allows a person to request to be excluded from legalized gaming activities within a casino and offsite venues, and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value at any licensed facility. Self-exclusion only applies to the gaming floor of the licensed gaming facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Anyone can place their name on the state’s self-exclusion list by making a request in person and by appointment. All of this can be done through the PGCB website.
These seven things are required to be included on the list:
1. Name, including any aliases or nicknames.
2. Date of Birth.
3. Address of current residence.
4. Telephone number.
5. Social Security number, when voluntarily provided in accordance with section 7 of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a).
6. Physical description, including height, weight, gender, hair color, eye color and any other physical characteristic that may assist in identification.
7. Government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.
After a person is on the Self-Exclusion list, facilities that are licensed for gaming must refuse bets and deny gaming privileges for that person. Also, a person can’t put another person on the Self-Exclusion List on their own. Each person who wishes to be on the list must do it themselves.
This is a big deal for the state of Pennsylvania and its gambling landscape. The PGCB's iGaming Self-Exclusion Program is separate from the existing casino Self-Exclusion Program.
The announcement about Pennsylvania Self-Exclusion Program came on the same day that SugarHouse announced it was launching a test phase for its new online sports betting app in the Keystone State.