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  Self Exclusion for Problem Gamblers  
  For most people, a visit to a casino is fun. They try their luck, wager responsibly, have a good time and understand that gambling is a form of entertainment. They enjoy the excitement of the casino, the fine restaurants, the shows and the other amenities found in casino/hotels.  
  For a small number of people, however, gambling isn't fun. Problem gambling includes what is often called compulsive gambling and pathological gambling. It refers to a condition where people are, to some degree, addicted to gambling. While the results of a gambling addiction can be devastating, there is help available for those people who need it.  
  New Jersey provides funding for education and treatment programs for people with a gambling problem. For information about these, you can contact the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. That council and the National Council on Problem Gambling both operate hotlines that people with a gambling problem can call for help.  
  There are more than 45 Gamblers Anonymous meetings in New Jersey every week. If you or someone you know wants to find the nearest meeting, the time, day and location of each is available either through Gamblers Anonymous or the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.  
  On March 23, 2001, Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco signed legislation which allows a person to voluntarily place himself or herself on a list of persons to be excluded from licensed casinos and simulcasting facilities. The legislation established that those who place themselves on the self exclusion list are asking to have their names removed from casinos' mailing lists for advertising and marketing promotions and to be denied access to check cashing privileges, special club programs and credit at the casinos. Additionally, any person who gambles in a casino or simulcasting facility while legally prohibited from doing so cannot collect winnings or recover losses arising from his or her gambling activity. The winnings will be forfeited to the State with a portion to be used for problem gambling treatment and prevention programs and the remainder deposited into the Casino Revenue Fund, which is used to fund various programs throughout the state that serve the aged and disabled. While it will be necessary to maintain the self exclusion list and to distribute it to casinos so that it can be enforced, the legislation provides that this list will not be open to public inspection.  

How do I get placed on the self-exclusion list?
You must fill out an application and submit it in person to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission at Tennessee Ave. and Boardwalk in Atlantic City, or to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement at 140 E. Front St. in Trenton. When you file the form, you will be required to provide identification and you will be photographed. Click for a copy of the self-exclusion application and for the instructions for completing the self-exclusion application


Can I just mail back the completed application?
No. You must submit it in person. This is for your own protection.


Can I place my spouse or an elderly parent with a gambling problem on the list?
No. You cannot place anyone else on the self-exclusion list. Placement on the list is entirely voluntary and must be done by the individual seeking exclusion.

  What will happen after I sign up for self-exclusion?
The Commission will distribute a photograph and description of you to each casino. The casinos will then remove you from any mailing lists and make notations in their computer files that you are ineligible for any kind of credit or complimentary service.
  What will happen if I try to gamble in a casino while I am on the list?
After you are placed on the list, a casino may refuse to accept your wagers and may ask you to leave the gaming area. If you do gamble, you may be unable to collect winnings or recover any losses.
  If you, or anyone you know, has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.  
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