Woman Won Jackpot While Being a Self-Excluded Individual

A woman who had previously been added to the self-exclusion list from all commercial gambling businesses in the state was allowed to play at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino.

According to information from the Pennsylvania State Police's Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, a woman, 59 of age, from Ridley Park, which is just a short drive away from Harrah's, managed to sneak into Caesars Entertainment casino despite being self-excluded in the state.

The woman reportedly kept playing slots in the wee hours of the 26th of August, according to the police. The lady reportedly hit the jackpot on a slot machine. Since she was on the self-exclusion list and wasn't allowed on the casino floor, she tried to depart the premises without collecting the money.

She was self-excluded when the security team caught up with her as she was leaving. State police declined to disclose the size of the jackpot or the precise time the woman decided to stop gaming.

Harrah's Philadelphia is situated in Chester’s suburbs. The establishment is owned by VICI Properties, a real estate investment trust that belongs to Caesars. Inside the 100,000-square-foot gaming establishment, there are 1,700 slot machines, more than 100 gaming tables, and a Caesars Sportsbook.

Responsible Gaming Measures

All the states that made commercial gambling legal have put in place a number of programs and tools required to support problem gamers. Self-exclusion is an integral part of responsible gaming.

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, self-exclusion enables an individual to ask to be barred from permitted gaming activities at a casino and off-site locations, online, at video gaming terminal businesses, or in fantasy competitions. Self-excluded individuals are banned from receiving wins, recouping losses, utilizing casino services, or anything else they might provide. Sure, it is very convenient to gamble online, but one should not forget about responsible gaming while playing at PGCB-authorized live casinos in Pennsylvania.

The duration of exclusion is chosen by a Pennsylvanian who enrolls for one. The woman of 59 who was unjustly permitted access into Harrah's Casino chose a lifelong ban, according to state police. Due to this regulatory infraction, Harrah's Philadelphia will most definitely receive a fine from the PGCB.

During the PGCB meeting in July, it penalized Live! Casino Pittsburgh $7,500 for allowing a person on the self-exclusion list inside. The casino's cashier lets a self-excluded individual get both a table game playing permit and a cash advance.

Casinos are obligated by PGCB laws to recognize self-excluded patrons and prevent them from using gaming services and other gambling-related activities, such as check cashing and cash advances.

Self-Exclusion Confidential

Contrary to black lists of casinos, which involve state officials forbidding people from gambling, lists of self-excluded individuals are kept secret and out of public view.

The PGCB manages the self-exclusion list and grants access to the Rolodex exclusively to its approved gaming businesses.

While only Pennsylvanian casinos are subject to the restriction, certain businesses, including Penn Entertainment, have a company list of self-excluded individuals that is applied to all of their facilities. It is said that a person that tried to enter Harrah’s casino would not have access to any of Penn Entertainment's establishments in Pennsylvania or elsewhere in the United States.