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Pennsylvania launches self-exclusion program for gaming machines

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Pennsylvania has addressed concerns over problem gambling by launching a self-exclusion program for video gaming terminals (VGTs).

Popular types of VGT games include video slots, video lottery and video poker.

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PCGB) announced last week that punters will have the option to enter into voluntary suspensions of one year, five years, or a lifetime ban.

The VGT Self-Exclusion Program requires gaming operators to prevent banned players from placing wagers or taking part in any other activities associated with a venue’s gambling services.

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It also forbids operators from sending any promotional materials to suspended patrons.

Punters who gamble on VGT games in contravention of their ban are required to forfeit any winnings to the PGCB, which will use the money to fund responsible gambling initiatives.

The news as comes as Pennsylvania prepares for the launch of VGTs at truck stops later this month.

Service stations that meet regulatory requirements will be able to run up to five gaming machines for patrons 21 years and older.

These are just the latest in a series of recent gambling reforms in the Keystone State, where online wagering and sports betting were legalised last year.

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