Self-Exclusion is a process that allows a person to request to be excluded from legalized gaming activities in Pennsylvania casinos, and to be prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses, or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value from any licensed facility.
How do I get placed on the Casino Self-Exclusion list?
A person may have his or her name placed on the Self-Exclusion list by submitting, in person, a completed request for Self-Exclusion to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The instructions form can be found on the PGCB website. The submission may be made in person by scheduling an appointment at the PGCB Harrisburg Office, one of the PGCB’s regional offices, or a PGCB office in a licensed facility.
To make an appointment, call the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling at 717-346-8300.
Download a brochure about the Casino Self-Exclusion Program (PDF, 2 pages).
Download the Self-Exclusion request and instructions form (PDF, 4 pages).
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.
May I mail the Casino Self-Exclusion request to the PGCB offices?
No. The person submitting the request for Casino Self-Exclusion must apply in person to the PGCB office or other approved locations to be photographed, and will be required to present a valid government issued photo identification containing the person’s signature and photograph.
How long will I be on the Casino Self-Exclusion list?
The person submitting the request for Self-Exclusion may request to be excluded from gaming activities for a minimum length of one of the following: one year (12 months); five years; or lifetime. Casino Self-Exclusions do not expire.
Can my name be removed from the Casino Self-Exclusion list?
Self-Exclusions for one or five years remain in effect until the Self-Excluded person requests removal from the PGCB’s casino Self-Exclusion list. A person may, upon the conclusion of the minimum period of Self-Exclusion, request to be removed from the Casino Self-Exclusion list. Individuals who choose the lifetime ban are unable to request removal from the Casino Self-Exclusion list.
For more information on the Self-Exclusion list removal process, call the Office of Compulsive & Problem Gambling at 717-346-8300.
What will happen after I sign up for Casino Self-Exclusion?
Licensed facilities must refuse wagers from and deny gaming privileges to any Casino Self-Excluded person; deny check cashing privileges, player club memberships, complimentary goods and services, junket participation and other similar privileges and benefits to any Casino Self-Excluded person.
Does Self-Exclusion from Casinos apply to other forms of gambling?
No. The PGCB’s Casino Self-Exclusion list does not ban player participation in all PA gambling venues. However, gaming providers may have stricter Self-Exclusion policies, including banning Self-Excluded persons from all forms of gambling at their venues (casino gaming, horse racing, iGaming in other jurisdictions.)
Other Self-Exclusion Programs available in PA
Visit the PA Gaming Control Board for more info:
- Self-Exclusion from Fantasy Contests
- Self-Exclusion from iGaming
- Self-Exclusion from VGT’s
- Self-Exclusion from iLottery
- 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 Lottery’s website, www.pailottery.com