PlayPause is setting up a national repository to ensure anyone who self-excludes from gambling activity will be protected when they move from one state to another in the U.S. PlayPause aims to modernize the current antiquated approach to self-exclusion to enable consumers to self-exclude with ease across multiple states to prevent incidence of simply crossing a state line and continuing to gamble. Think of PlayPause as an information-sharing tool between states and regulatory agencies and operators. Utilizing technology to share information among shareholders seamlessly, PlayPause allows you to customize self-exclusions according to your gambling preferences and needs. Please check the map below for reference.

At the outset, PlayPause will be available for online self-exclusions only. However, Conscious Gaming intends to expand this to the land-based environment in the future.

Voluntary self-exclusion allows you to exclude yourself from legalized gambling activities for a predetermined length of time. Self-exclusion is not a substitute or alternative to therapeutic treatment for a gambling problem. Gambling problems are characterized by preoccupation, loss of control and harm. Gambling problems range in severity from mild to extremely serious and it is strongly recommended individuals who self-exclude seek additional help to address the root of their problem.

When self-excluded, you will not be able to log into your account, and depending on the rules of the jurisdiction (company and/or property) where you have excluded, your name may be removed from direct marketing lists and you may be restricted from online and in-person gambling activities.

Gambling activities you may be restricted from when on a self-exclusion list include, but are not limited to: gambling; receiving or using complimentary goods or services; being a member of a slot or players’ club; receiving credit from any casino; cashing checks at a casino; collecting winnings or recovering losses, etc.

You can enroll in PlayPause via any participating business that offers gambling in the U.S. that has signed up for the PlayPause tool, as well as any state regulatory agency who oversees gambling activity in your state and has joined PlayPause. Please check the map below for reference.

It is your responsibility to honor the parameters of the self-exclusion once enrolled.

Please note that the rules vary from state-to-state on the consequences of entering a gambling facility whilst on a self-exclusion list. Check out the map below. In general, if detected by the casino you may be asked to leave the property. In some cases you may be subject to arrest for trespass.

No. There is no financial cost to enroll in PlayPause.

No. Third parties cannot place anyone else on the self-exclusion list. Placement on the list is entirely voluntary and must be done by the individual seeking exclusion.

No. To honor the confidentiality of exclusions, Conscious Gaming cannot divulge the names of those enrolled in the program to anyone, including spouses, significant others or employers.

PlayPause does not store any personally identifiable information. When you participate in the PlayPause program, the information you supply will be used to create a unique player identifier (ID) which is non-reversible back to you and maintained in a highly secure environment, for increased database privacy.

By creating an encrypted, unique ID, your self-exclusion preferences can be shared responsibly between participating nationwide gambling partners.

The intent of PlayPause is to ensure anyone who needs to take a break from gambling or stop gambling entirely can do so. By opting into PlayPause, you are consenting to exclude with participating state regulators and gambling operators in the U.S., so you will not be able to gamble at those partnering entities.

Please note that some operators choose to apply self-exclusions across all their properties and jurisdictions in which they operate. Please refer to operator-specific policies for more information.

Check out the map below to see what states offer PlayPause.

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It is the amount of time you selected at time of enrollment. PlayPause follows the criteria established by state regulators, so please refer to your state regulators website for specifics.

Check out the map below to find details on the states where you have enrolled.

Your unique ID, with the details associated with your exclusion, will be stored with PlayPause. You will be restricted from applicable gambling activities with participating partners during your exclusion. You will not be able to log into your account(s). Once you enroll in PlayPause, your account will be blocked. Any new accounts you attempt to open during the self-exclusion period will also be blocked as soon as they are detected. In addition, operators will take all reasonable measures to make sure that you do not receive any promotional material during this time.

Please note that participating casinos, online operators or sportsbooks may, as a consequence of your signing up for internet self-exclusion, prohibit you from visiting any of its land-based properties as well as its online gaming and online sportsbooks, even those in other states. You could also forfeit any rewards points you may have earned or winnings from any bets placed after you have excluded.

You will be restricted from accessing your online account when enrolled in PlayPause.

Gambling activities you may be restricted from when on a self-exclusion list include, but are not limited to: gambling; receiving or using complimentary goods or services; being a member of a slot or players’ club; receiving credit from any casino; cashing checks at a casino; collecting winnings or recovering losses, etc.

Please note that participating casinos, online operators or sportsbooks may, as a consequence of your signing up for internet self-exclusion, prohibit you from visiting any of its land-based properties as well as any of its online gaming and online sportsbooks, even those in other states. You could also forfeit any rewards points you may have earned or winnings from any bets placed after you have excluded.

The state regulator or gaming operator you originally registered with will handle your PlayPause program removal. Once you have completed their necessary steps (if there are any), PlayPause will receive that information and automatically remove you from our program.

No, once you complete your enrollment, PlayPause will not try to contact you.

Once you enroll in PlayPause, operators will take all reasonable measures to make sure you do not receive any promotional material during this time. Please note that it may take several weeks for a person to no longer receive mailings.

Yes. However, depending on the state, Self-Excluded Persons may not be allowed to enter specific areas of a venue where persons may be allowed to place sports wagers. Check out the map above to find details on the states where you have enrolled.

If you have questions relating to problem gambling in general, please follow this link: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/faq/

Self-Exclusion Map

See map below for details on where you can exclude

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Responsible Gaming Resources

Need extra help?

If you have additional concerns about responsible gaming and managing your gambling – or if you’re concerned about a friend or family member – please call or text 1-800-522-4700. This toll-free helpline is run by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). You can also chat to the NCPG online at ncpgambling.org/chat. They offer support and counselling referrals that may help you through your gambling concerns.

 

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