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Self-banning for gambling addicts for PA casinos

Letting gambling addicts to deal with their casino problems by themselves proved useless for the state of Pennsylvania.

Self-banning for gambling addicts for PA casinosSince slots were legalized last November, a state program that allows compulsive gamblers to effectively ban themselves from casinos has signed up only 52 people so far. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling estimates, there are almost 500,000 people in the state with gambling problems (125,000 of them classified as Pathological gamblers), and 52 out of that big number is not even a drop in the sea.

Under the program, people can impose self-ban on themselves from being allowed to enter casinos in the state, or forfeit their winnings. People who banned themselves would not receive casino promotional materials, as well. The names of people who decide to take this step is entered into a database which is queried by the casino when a check is cashed or a credit card used.

The Pennsylvania casino self-ban sprung from a similar option for New Jersey residents. At N.J. only 580 have signed up for the six years the program has been in place.

Five new casinos are planned to open by the end of the year in Pennsylvania.


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