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What Is Self-Exclusion and How Can It Help People With Gambling Problems?

Sports gambling has been legal in Freehold, NJ, and throughout the rest of the state for over a year. Now, a total of ten states have legalized sports betting, eight more are getting ready to join them,(1) and this trend shows no signs of slowing down.

For people who consider gambling to be a fun, once-in-a-while activity, this legalization means sports gambling is more accessible. But for people struggling with a gambling problem, finding ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle as gambling becomes more and more mainstream is a difficult challenge. It can seem insurmountable without the right resources and support system.

Fortunately, anyone who needs help in New Jersey doesn’t have to look far to find it. Not only is the 800-GAMBLER helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but we have partnered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to offer a Self-Exclusion Program for residents seeking assistance in keeping their gambling under control.(2)

What does Self-Exclusion mean, and how can it help? Read on to learn more.

What is Self-Exclusion?

As the name suggests, Self-Exclusion allows people who wish to control their gambling problem to voluntarily “exclude” themselves from places — both physical and virtual — where gambling is prevalent. This includes Atlantic City casinos and internet-based gaming applications.

You can choose to exclude yourself from both casinos and online gambling, or just online gambling. All it takes is placing your name on the Self-Exclusion list, and you will no longer be able to place bets or collect any winnings in those venues. Self-Exclusion applies for a minimum of one year, but participants can opt for a period of five years, or a lifetime, allowing them to choose the timeframe that best helps them to manage their gambling.

For a closer look at how Self-Exclusion works, check out this quick video:

How Can You Participate in New Jersey’s Self-Exclusion Program?

You can enroll in person at offices of either the DGE or New Jersey Racing Commission, or you can enroll online, either through an Online Player Account or the DGE website. You can find more information on the program and instructions for how to enroll here.

How Is 800-GAMBLER Involved?

As part of our role as a strong support system for problem gamblers, we are proud to partner with the DGE to help people struggling to control their daily fantasy sports betting in Monmouth, NJ, and throughout our great state. Enrollment in the Self-Exclusion program includes consultations with our trained, compassionate professionals, free of charge, through our confidential helpline and our website.


Please feel free to call, text, or chat online to learn more. Living in a world where legalized gambling is a way of life doesn’t have to be stressful, with the right help!


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