Self Exclusion Program FAQ

What is Self-Exclusion?

Self-Exclusion is a process that allows a person to request to be banned from all legalized gaming activities and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value at any licensed facility. Self-exclusion only applies to the gaming floor of the licensed gaming facilities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information, you can download a brochure on the process.

How do I get placed on the self-exclusion list?

A person may have his or her own name placed on the self-exclusion list by submitting, in person, a completed request for self exclusion to the:

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling
303 Walnut Street, Strawberry Square
Verizon Tower/5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Call the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at 717-346-8300 to setup an appointment at the Harrisburg office or for additional approved locations.

May I mail the self-exclusion application to one of the PGCB offices?

No. The person filing the request for self-exclusion must apply in person to the PGCB offices in Harrisburg or other approved locations to be photographed. You may be fingerprinted and will be required to present a government-issued photo identification containing the person’s signature and photograph. Call the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at 717-346-8300 for additional approved locations.

Can I place a family member with a gambling problem on the list?

No. A person cannot place another person on the self-exclusion list. Placement on the list is entirely voluntary and must be done by the individual seeking exclusion.

What information must I provide?

(1) Name, including any aliases or nicknames.
(2) Date of birth.
(3) Address of current residence.
(4) Telephone number of current residence.
(5) Social Security number, when voluntarily provided in accordance with section 7 of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a).
(6) Physical description of the person, including height, weight, gender, hair color, eye color and any other physical characteristic that may assist in the identification of the person.
(7) Government-issued photo identification such as driver’s license or passport.

Click for a copy of the self-exclusion request form and instructions. PDF

How long will I be on the self-exclusion list?

The person filing the request for self-exclusion may request to be excluded from gaming activities for one of the following: One year (12 months); Five years; or Lifetime.

Can my name be removed from the self-exclusion list?

Self-exclusions for 1 or 5 years remain in effect until the self-excluded person requests removal from the Self-Exclusion list. You may, upon the conclusion of the period of self-exclusion, request to be removed from the self-exclusion list by submitting, in person at your scheduled appointment time to one of the PGCB regional offices and shall be required to present a valid government issued photo identification containing the person’s signature and a photograph. You will not be removed unless and until your request for removal has been processed.

Within 10 business days after the request is signed, the Board will delete your name from the Self-Exclusion List and will notify each slot machine licensee of the removal. It may take each licensed facility up to 5 business days to remove your name from their copies of the Self-Exclusion List. For this reason, you should refrain from entering a PA licensed facility for 15 business days after signing the removal request.

What will happen after I sign up for self-exclusion?

Licensed facilities must refuse wagers from and deny gaming privileges to any self-excluded person; deny check cashing privileges, player club membership, complimentary goods and services, junket participation and other similar privileges and benefits to any self-excluded person; ensure that self-excluded persons do not receive junket solicitations, targeted mailings, telemarketing promotions, player club materials or other promotional materials relating to gaming activities at its licensed facility; and may exclude self-excluded persons from their properties in other jurisdictions.

After a person is placed on the self-exclusion list, a licensed facility must refuse to accept the person’s wagers, will ask the person to leave the gaming floor and the person may be arrested for trespass. A self-excluded person who has gambled while on the self-exclusion list may not collect in any manner or in any proceeding any winnings or recover any losses arising as a result of any gaming activity for the entire period of time that the person is on the self-exclusion list. Any winnings issued to, found on or about or redeemed by a self-excluded person shall be remitted to the PGCB and deposited into the Compulsive and Problem Gambling Treatment Fund.

Does self-exclusion from casino gambling apply to other forms of gambling, such as playing the Lottery?

No. The PGCB’s Self-Exclusion Lists do not ban player participation in lottery games. There is a separate Self-Exclusion program for the Pennsylvania Lottery’s online iLottery games. To learn how to place yourself on that list, visit the PA iLottery Responsible Gaming page.

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