September 27, 2021
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The state of Connecticut has developed a new online site that allows consumers to opt out of gambling.
People can choose to be added to Connecticut's Gambling Self-Exclusion List for one year, five years, or life, and their names will remain on the list unless they seek to be removed, according to the state's official website.
The website, which is fully operational, is being launched ahead of the state's legalisation of online and land-based sports betting on October 7, 2021.
The two tribal casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, as well as eleven Sportech outlets, are gearing themselves for the legalisation of sports betting next month.
“While this may be a form of entertainment many people can enjoy, for others it can be a harmful addiction,” said Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull.
“The ability to voluntarily exclude yourself from these activities is one of the many tools available to help.”
Individuals on the list may be barred from both land-based and online gaming properties, according to the website, which also warns that anyone on the list may lose any rewards points they have earned both within and outside of the state.
Self-exclusion is an important step in helping persons who are addicted to gambling, according to Diana Goode, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.
“By creating a barrier from participating, it allows those in recovery a much-needed respite from triggers and reduces the likelihood of relapse.”
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