The state of Connecticut has launched a new online portal that enables people to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling.
The website, which is already up and running, will be legalized and operational in Connecticut on October 7th and will be available both online and in facilities across the state, including the two tribal casinos and 10 Sportech locations.
âWhile this may be a form of entertainment that many people can enjoy, it can be a harmful addiction for others. The ability to voluntarily exclude yourself from these activities is one of the many tools available to you, “Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in a statement.
People can choose to be placed on the state’s gambling self-exclusion list for one year, five years, or for life. The names stay on the list until someone asks to be removed. The website warns that gambling licensees may exclude individuals from the list of land-based properties, as well as from all of their online gambling, online sports betting, and all fantasy sports competitions, including those in other states.
The website also warns that people on the list could lose any reward points they earned in Connecticut and elsewhere.
“In the problem gambling community, self-exclusion is an essential step in helping addicts,” said Diana Goode, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, in a statement. “By creating a barrier to participation, it allows those in recovery a much-needed respite from triggers and reduces the likelihood of relapse.”
Both Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, which will be offering sports betting and fantasy sports next month, have allowed people to lock themselves out of tribal properties for years.