List now public
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has made an involuntary exclusion list public. The list, which names 809 individuals, has been published to prevent these players from accessing a state gaming venue.
As a result of committing casino-related offenses, these players have been excluded from playing poker and other games at commercial casinos in Pennsylvania.
with theft being one of the main main reasons why players have been added to the list
Details of their offenses accompany this list, with theft being one of the main main reasons why players have been added to the list. The PGCB has also provided a photograph of each player in a bid to prevent these individuals from trying to access another gaming facility in the state.
Offenses committed in last decade
In total, 648 men and 161 women have been named on the list. The PGCB has confirmed that the list dates back more than ten years. Each person named on the list has also had their photograph published to help casino staff identify them.
The PGCB has labeled those on the list as career or professional offenders, cheats, and other individuals who would pose a risk inside of a casino.
Notice is given in advance of anyone being added to the list. This gives players the opportunity to appeal the decision. After a person has been on the list for a five years, they can submit a removal application.
A few people on the list were charged with disorderly conduct, using counterfeit currency, controlled substance charges, and aiding underage patrons. The others were charged with harassment, trespassing, or assault.
Recent additions to the list
Two people recently added to the list were found to be texting one another while playing poker at the Rivers Casino in Philadelphia. They were telling each other what cards they were holding.
Another person who was recently put on the list was found to be switching cards during a game of High Card Flush.
Reduction in numbers
The involuntary exclusion list has been shrinking in Pennsylvania in recent years. The main reason for this is due to a change in the policy of dealing with patrons aged 21 and under.
they then had difficulty finding employment or entering into the military
Previously, underage patrons would be added to the list. However, this is no longer the case. This is because the PGCB discovered that when a younger person is added to this list, they then had difficulty finding employment or entering into the military.
Therefore, it was deemed that this was unfair and had too much of a negative effect on these young people’s lives.
Naturally, Pennsylvania also has a voluntary self-exclusion list in place for problem gamblers.