Bet With Your Head, Not Over It!
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.
What is the Self-Exclusion Program?
The program was established in 2001 to allow people with a gambling problem to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling in any Atlantic City casino.
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.
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. 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.
Suspension of Credit Privileges
If you are not ready to take the step of placing yourself on the self-exclusion list, but do not want to be permitted to gamble on credit, you may voluntarily suspend your credit privileges at all Atlantic City casinos by submitting a written request to the Division. You must make such a request in person at the Division's offices at Tennessee Ave. and Boardwalk in Atlantic City or at 140 E. Front Street in Trenton. You have to show some form of identification that either includes a photograph or a physical description. Once the Division receives such a request, it will add your name to the credit suspension list and notify each of the casinos.
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