With a new gaming industry comes new approaches. One approach to help patrons of Massachusetts casinos help themselves from gambling addiction and problem gambling might just be a step ahead of what most casinos across the country have done.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has created a program that would allow problem gamblers to ban themselves from Massachusetts casinos. They can enroll for a ban ranging from six months to life. People who enroll won’t be able to enter any casino. Breaking the rule and getting caught would mean they’d have to forfeit their winnings.
The list of people who ban themselves will be shared with casino security for enforcement.
It is called the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. A key requirement of the Expanded Gaming Act, the program is just one of many resources the Commission is employing to help people who may have a gambling problem or may be at risk of developing one.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission stresses the importance of face-to-face interaction as a hallmark of the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. Enrollment must be performed in person with a professional who has been trained to handle these requests. Enrollees may speak to advisors at the GameSense Info Center at Plainridge Park Casino. In addition, an enrollee can make an appointment with an advisor by contacting either of the following:
- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
at 617-533-9737 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Ohio is a good example. Caesars Entertainment, which is operating the Cleveland and Cincinnati casinos, and Penn National Gaming Inc.,owner of Plainridge Park as well as the Toledo and Columbus casinos, also have their own voluntary exclusion programs in Ohio. Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Arizona have similar programs.
The fact is gamblers have plenty of options besides casinos: the racetrack, online gaming, bingo, lottery tickets. Self-exclusion programs don’t ban people from those activities….but it does help. It certainly can’t hurt. anonymous
That’s all for now.