The bill was supported by the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling. The group said at the hearing that it wants more people to use the list and a way to accomplish that is by removing the lifetime exclusion. In other words, it would be the responsibility of individuals to self-exclude additionally from online gambling if they felt it was necessary. Unlike brick-and-mortar casino gambling, the Lawful Internet Gaming Act calls for bettors to be able to exclude themselves from play both temporarily and permanently.
Murley concluded by reiterating that the brick-and-mortar self-exclusion list would be more effective if there was a five-year option. He added that it could save resources that have to be used to prosecute individuals for trespassing. Other states have one-year, three-year, five-year bans, different ways of approaching this. With a five-year ban, it will allow more people to sign up without fear that this will be forever.
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That first day without gambling was difficult. So much so, he said, that he was physically shaking. He spent all day on the phone talking with friends and a brother, and even his counselor in an effort to distract himself from going to the track. Gale knew about voluntary exclusion programs in other states. So he reached out to the Ohio Casino Control Commission six weeks before the Cleveland casino opened and even before the agency had started publicizing the effort.
The primary responsibility not to gamble falls on the individual, Whyte said, but the gaming industry also ducks its responsibility by not enforcing the self-exclusion programs better. He noted that anyone can walk into a casino and gamble because no identification is required to be shown when entering. Casinos are more interested in stopping underage gamblers and card counters than problem gamblers, he said. But Gary Thompson, spokesman for Caesars Entertainment, said the gaming company takes its self-exclusion program seriously.
Even if the programs are considered limited in their scope, experts said, they are still positive tools because they provide an important step for someone who recognizes they have a problem. For years, the state offered only a lifetime ban. Since the change, more than 2, people have asked to be removed. The program now has 14, people, but officials expect it to grow.
A study of the Missouri program by the Cambridge Health Alliance, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, showed that 81 percent of the people on the list gambled less frequently and no one reported gambling more. Whyte, the problem gambling expert, and Gale agreed that schools should offer awareness and prevention education to students just as they do about substance abuse and smoking. After quitting, Gale wrote letters to Ohio high school principals asking them to warn students about the potential pitfalls associated with gambling.
Students should be taught to recognize the warning signs not only in themselves, but also in their friends and family, he said. Those signs include spending your last penny on gambling, preferring to gamble instead of hanging out with family and friends, and borrowing money, he said. Gamblers Anonymous has a questionnaire online for people if they think they have a gambling problem.
More power to them. Those who choose the lifetime ban, though, can never be removed. Lifetime ban the option Gale chose the lifetime ban. His parents recognized there was a problem and pressured him to stop. His advice for others? Stay busy. He said he volunteers helping out some elderly friends.
Exclusion history The first state-run exclusion program began in in Missouri. Meanwhile, there are 1, self-excluded gamblers in New Jersey and 3, in Pennsylvania. Such programs are effective, Patterson said. But the study also showed that 50 percent of the people enrolled returned to the casinos anyway.
Gambling education Whyte, the problem gambling expert, and Gale agreed that schools should offer awareness and prevention education to students just as they do about substance abuse and smoking. As far as casinos coming to Ohio, Gale has no problem with them at all.