No more Self-Exile for Gamblers?

It has been the policy over the past few years for casinos in the USA and around the world to work with gambling addiction programs to help those with a problem. There has been a self exclusion program to which a gambler that has recognized that he or she has a problem can elect to be barred from their local casinos. To do this they must fill in a form and provide a photo that will be circulated to the security staff who will stop them from entering the casino in the future. The gambler can then be arrested for trespassing if they enter the casino premises.

It is therefore been quite a surprise to most when the Golden Eagle Casino near Horton Kansas has stopped its exclusion program. The casino has now decided to end the exclusion program as they are finding it too difficult to manage. The reason being for the end of the program is the difficulty in identifying a determined gambler, and that the casino does not want to be held liable if they fail to stop them.

The Golden Eagle Casino has been clear that in no way it wants to encourage gamblers with a problem to come back to the casino. They have however notified all the people registered with them that they can no longer be responsible for preventing them from entering the casino. The Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling is determined to stop any other casinos from following Golden Eagle Casino’s example and is working with the casino to bring them back under the self exclusion program. There has been raised voices over the letters that were sent to self excluded gamblers as many feel this was open encouragement to these ex-gamblers to come to the casino.

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