Pennsylvania debuted sports betting in 2019 and offers both retail and online service options. Thanks to DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and other major brands.
Sports fans have access to premium odds in the state. NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB games are covered with a host of additional professional and collegiate sports leagues.
Casinos across the state offer quality retail options with exciting sportsbooks featuring big-screen TVs for viewing games with family and friends while wagering. For online bettors, services can be accessed via mobile apps or desktop sites.
While sports betting is a popular pastime in Pennsylvania, it can also lead to addiction among some players. If you find yourself betting too much money on your favorite teams or feel that addictive behavior is on the horizon, take advantage of self-exclusion services in the state.
With self-exclusion, you cut yourself off from sports betting, both online and offline. This way, even if you try to access betting services, you are restricted.
Learn more about the process of self-exclusion below for yourself, friends, or family members.
You can also choose to self-exclude in person. To do this, visit a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board office inside a licensed facility.
You can also schedule an appointment by calling 717-346-8300 to connect with the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling.
If you would like to email for an appointment, send correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you sign up for the self-exclusion list in Pennsylvania, your personal information and a picture are sent to the land-based facilities as well as online sites.
Operators can use the data to avoid letting you visit physical locations or online sites. You will be unable to access sports betting until you are removed from the self-exclusion list.
Self-exclusion from physical sportsbooks will last for one or five years, and it remains in effect until the individual requests to be removed.
You can request removal by visiting the PGCB website, signing in to your account, and seeking to be removed from the list.
If you choose to ban yourself from online sports betting only, the expiration will be after the ban period you choose upon registration.
If you wish to extend the length of your ban, you can contact regulators via email at email@example.com.
Once removed from the list, you can start accessing sports betting services again via online sportsbooks.
Your personal information will no longer be stored in regulator systems, so online services are free to use. If you experience issues once again in the future, you can sign back up on the self-exclusion list.
Once you sign up for self-exclusion, your personal information is set to sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. You can contact the PGCB or local sportsbook to make sure that is the case.
You can choose to block yourself via individual operators or with the complete self-exclusion process in the state.
Customer support of your online sportsbook provider should be able to provide details on how to block your online account.
Most players find the best way is to use the PGCB resources and block access to all online gambling sites in the state.
The land-based self-exclusion option offers a one-year or five-year time frame. If you choose to set up just an online gambling ban, you can pick the time frame, be it hours or days.
You do have some sense of control over how long you are excluded and can lengthen the time frame if you think it is necessary.
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