Voluntary Self-Exclusion

What is voluntary self-exclusion?

Self-exclusion allows a person to request to be excluded from legalized gaming activities in Connecticut. Individuals who enroll in self-exclusion are prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value from a licensee or operator. Operators may choose to exclude participants in the Connecticut Self-Exclusion list from their services in other states or countries.

How can voluntary self-exclusion be helpful?

Voluntary self-exclusion can be a beneficial and empowering tool for those who feel they may be developing or have a problem with their gambling. By creating a barrier, it allows those who want to decrease or stop their activity, reduce the harms associated with gambling.

When voluntary self-exclusion may be an option:

  • Gambling is no longer fun or entertainment
  • Issues sticking to preset time or money limits
  • Gambling is causing financial, health, or relationship problems
  • Taking a break would be beneficial
  • Gambling is causing feelings of stress, anxiety or concern
  • The urge to gamble is becoming uncontrollable
  • There is a focus on winning back losses
  • Gambling has taken priority over other areas of life

What you can do if you want to gamble after you self-exclude:

  1. Reach out to The CT Council on Problem Gambling’s Helpline (1-888-789-7777) to speak with a Helpline Specialist who can connect you to opportunities for help in CT including support, counseling services and self- help groups
  2. Visit www.ccpg.org for other helpful resources
  3. For support, talk with family and friends to let them know what how you are feeling
  4. Engage in other activities to replace gambling