Insights from the Executive Director of Maine Gambling Control Unit on the Virtual Self-Exclusion Program for Responsible Gambling
A discussion with Milton F Champion, Executive Director of Maine Gambling Control Unit on the new virtual self-exclusion program.
In an effort to promote responsible gambling practices and reduce the harm caused by problem gambling, Maine's Gambling Control Board has launched a new virtual self-exclusion program. The program allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in casino gambling within the state from the comfort of their homes.
The new program is a significant step forward in providing a more accessible and convenient way for people in Maine to register for self-exclusion. Previously, individuals had to go to a casino or designated location in the community to fill out the necessary paperwork. Self-exclusion is an effective way for individuals who suffer from gambling problems to avoid the temptation of casino gambling. It allows them to take control of their addiction by prohibiting them from entering any of the state's casinos for a period of one year, three years, five years, or for a lifetime.
In a Gambling.Re exclusive interview with Milton F Champion, Executive Director of Maine Gambling Control Unit, he stated that the program should have many benefits and very few limitations. When asked about legal or regulatory challenges, he could not think of any that would arise as all protections are built into the offering of the virtual application.
The success of the virtual self-exclusion program will be measured and evaluated by the number of increased applications and represents a welcome development in the effort to promote responsible gambling practices and reduce the harm caused by problem gambling. By making self-exclusion more accessible and convenient, the Maine Gambling Control Board is taking a positive step towards addressing the issue of problem gambling in the state.