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PGCB Rolls Out New and Improved Self-Exclusion Program

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has launched a more user-friendly program that will make it easier for individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from regulated gambling activities.

The program allows people to enroll online in one or multiple self-exclusion programs conveniently. They can withdraw from the casino self-exclusion program, extend their self-exclusion duration, check their documents and status, and update their information on the platform. The PGCB also provides easy access to responsible gambling tools, information, and helpline.

The PGCB requires every individual enrolling in the program to upload a selfie and photo ID to ensure identity verification and maintain confidentiality. Additionally, as part of the enrollment process, they will undergo Lexis Nexis verification.

Every licensed operator and gaming facility in the state must reject bets and restrict gaming privileges for self-excluded individuals. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in criminal trespass charges, and any gambling winnings of the self-excluded individuals may be confiscated.

The Self-Exclusion programs are integral to the PGCB's Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling's mission to ensure fairness and safety in gaming throughout the state.

The PGCB has introduced several measures to achieve this goal. One of them is ensuring that every venue and live casino has an approved compulsive and problem gambling plan that outlines responsible advertising policies, outreach program participation, and more.

PGCB Self Exclusion Programs

The PGCB initially implemented the self-exclusion program in 2006 as part of its efforts to address compulsive gambling and promote responsible gaming practices.

Under the self-exclusion program, individuals can ban themselves from entering casinos, placing wagers, or engaging in online gambling activities. The user can select the duration of self-exclusion, ranging from one year to a lifetime.

In 2017, the state passed the Gaming Expansion Act, which led to the introduction of three additional self-exclusion programs, including iGaming, VGTs at truck shops, and online fantasy sports.

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