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PA regulator launches online self-exclusion program


The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has launched its online self-exclusion program ahead of the roll-out of online sports betting and gaming in the state. 

The solution is modeled on the state’s existing program that allows citizens to voluntarily exclude themselves from Pennsylvania’s land-based casinos, and is accessible via the PGCB website.

However it remains separate from the land-based program, meaning any individuals that have self-excluded from the casinos must sign up to block access to igaming sites.

It will allow players to choose between year-long, five-year and lifetime bans from the state’s licensed igaming sites.

All of the state’s online licensees must refuse to take wagers from any individual on the list, as well as refusing them any club or loyalty program membership.

They must also ensure that self-excluded players are not targeted with any form of marketing.

The launch coincides with SugarHouse Casino becoming the first licensee to soft-launch its online sportsbook. An initial test launch was conducted yesterday (May 28) between 4PM and midnight, with a second test to go ahead today, between 2PM and midnight.

A third and final test will run from 12PM on May 30 to midnight. Should these be completed, the venue will officially launch online sports betting this Friday (May 31).

Online gaming will go live in the state from July 15.