Ohio Expands Self-Exclusion Initiative to Include Online Platforms
The Ohio Lottery Commission has announced that as part of its self-exclusion scheme in the US state, it has now included software to prevent vulnerable gamblers from placing bets online.
This is part of a collaboration with Gamban, the software development provider that specializes in technology relating to self-exclusion. Players in the program will be excluded from sites in the US like FanDuel, Unibet, Bally’s, and WagerScore for a period of a year.
Time Out Ohio Initiative
The partnership between the Ohio Lottery Commission and Gamban is an expansion of the Time Out Ohio scheme, which allows vulnerable gamblers to join a self-exclusion register for one year, five years, or lifetime option. Once registered, players are prohibited from entering any land-based casinos or other gambling venues in the state of Ohio, with penalties if the player breaks these rules.
The scheme will now be expanded to include online wagering so that players on the self-exclusion register will also be prohibited from placing bets across all digital platforms.
We view Gamban as an essential tool for those who struggle with gambling online. Time Out is a tool for legal-based blocking, but Gamban protects individuals from the illegal market as well as those beyond the Commission’s authority.
Ohio First US State to Introduce Blocking Software
The launch of the blocking software in Ohio is the first state in North America to use this type of technology. With the growth in regulated online betting throughout the US and the increase in socially responsible gambling programs, it seems likely that other states will adopt the scheme.
We hope other states will follow the lead of Ohio, which has been incredibly forward-thinking at a time when mobile sports betting across the US is growing rapidly.