Players can now ban themselves from online and land-based casinos without having to admit they’re addicted to gambling.
Until recently, the American gambling laws practiced in the state of New Jersey required players to admit that they are addicted before joining the voluntary self-exclusion program. Last week, the state assembly voted to change these regulations and make it easier for people to join the program.
Now anyone can sign up and ask to be included on the list, without having to attest that they have a gambling problem.
“This is simply another option for those who want to exclude themselves from New Jersey’s gaming facilities, but don’t want to concede a problem on an official document they fear may come back to haunt them down the road,” Assemblyman Troy Singleton told reporters.
Help for problem gamblers
The self-exclusion list includes the names of people who don’t want to be accepted into land-based casinos, or online gambling sites in the US state of New Jersey, but some people don’t want to bear the social stigma of problem gamblers.
Last month, Donald Weinbaum, head of the state’s Council on Compulsive Gambling asked the Assembly to pass the bill in order to make it easier for people to get help for themselves. Players can now ban themselves for one year, five years or life and their names are kept confidential.