Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has launched a self-exclusion portal which will allow players in the state to voluntarily ban themselves from gaming in Connecticut, in an effort to implement stringent responsible gambling measures.
The portal is supported by DCP’s partners, which includes the Connecticut Council on Problem Gaming, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe.
“We know there is a lot of excitement around the launch of an expanded gaming industry in Connecticut,” said Michelle H. Seagull, DCP Commissioner.
“While this may be a form of entertainment many people can enjoy, for others it can be a harmful addiction. The ability to voluntarily exclude yourself from these activities is one of the many tools available to help.”
The portal launch is part of a new initiative that aims to educate players on the signs of problem gambling, providing sources where players can learn how to spot the signs and seek support.
“Connecticut is about to embark on a new future when it comes to sports betting and gambling, and with these new programs come renewed responsibilities for state government,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
“We’ve worked diligently to have strong provisions to ensure our self-exclusion policy is effective, and provides the ability for individuals to take the proper steps to hold themselves accountable.”
The launch comes as a bill legalizing sports betting and igaming in Connecticut became law in May this year. Under the rules, the state’s two tribal gaming operators may offer online gaming, while the tribes and the state lottery may all offer sports betting.
Earlier this month, Connecticut General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee approved provisional sports betting and igaming regulations, which would see the Mashantucket Perquot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians receive master wagering licenses if they meet all necessary requirements for a gaming license.
Earlier this month the US Department of the Interior (DoI) approved revisions of gaming compacts between the state of Connecticut and the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes, allowing the launch to take place.