New Jersey to Implement Policies which will Assist Problem Gamblers

 

New Jersey has been preparing vigorously for the November 26th online gambling launch.

Because of the risks associated with gambling online, the state has made sure to set up processes and rules to help players avoid problems.

One of the precautionary measures which will be put into place is a “self-exclusion” system whereby gamblers who have a gambling problem may abstain from gambling online by voluntarily barring themselves from online gambling websites. All they have to do is sign up.

This system is modelled on a traditional self-help system used by many Atlantic City casinos which allow problem gamblers to place their names on a list of those who are not allowed to enter any of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos. Now the Gambling Enforcement Division is extending this system to online gambling. People can sign up in person at various offices located across the state, including the division’s offices in Atlantic City. Those names which appear on the list will not be able to access any online gambling website.

Players can ban themselves for up to five years if they wish. During the time that they are banned, they are not permitted to enter casinos, or, in the case of online betting, engage in Internet gambling. If they are found playing at a casino, their winnings will be forfeited.

Former head of New Jersey’s Council on Compulsive Gambling Arnie Wexler is concerned about the rise in gambling addiction that online gambling might cause. “Compulsive gambling is an impulsive addiction, and the addicted gambler can’t resist the urge to gamble and chase losses or wins,” he said.

People who list their names in the self-exclusion programme can also get a free consultation with a compulsive gambling counsellor by calling 1-800-GAMBLER, or by visiting www.800gambler.org .

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