Gamblers addicted to playing casino games soon will be able to sign up for the self-exclusion program at racetracks across the state, officials announced Tuesday as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month in New Jersey.
“The process is still being developed ... but we are moving quickly with the cooperation of the Racing Commission to initiate the sign-up process at a location other than Atlantic City or Trenton,” New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said in a statement.
The effort is part of Gov. Chris Christie’s designation of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month, said officials, who are trying to highlight problem gambling issues and programs created to address those concerns, including the casino self-exclusion list.
Casinos are barred from marketing to people on the self-exclusion list, offering them any complimentary goods or services, extending credit or check cashing privileges and allowing them to gamble. People voluntarily ask to be placed on the list, which can be for a minimum of one year and a maximum of life. About 1,300 people are on the self-exclusion list.
Officials are working to allow gamblers to sign up for the self-excluded list at offices of the New Jersey Racing Commission at Monmouth, Freehold and Meadowlands racetrack, officials said.
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