So far it seems that Pennsylvania gamblers are not so willing to use self restraint in the casinos.
The state has started a program where compulsive gamblers can put their names on a list to have them banned from playing in the casinos to help put the temptation out of their hands, but since the program started only 52 people have signed up.
The way the program works is that if you are caught in a casino and your name is on the self banned list you will be tossed out of the casino and forfeit any winnings to the casino.
It has been estimated that as much as one percent or approximately 125,000 of Pennsylvania residents are pathological gamblers and it is also estimated that as many as three percent are problem gamblers. These numbers were provided by the Nation Council on Problem gambling.
The states self ban program started a year ago when the state opened its first casino the Philadelphia Park Casino and the Mohegan Sun casino in the Pocono mountains near Scranton PA.
The self ban program is modeled after a program that New Jersey has had operating for over six years now, and according to the states Casino Control Commission there are over 550 names on the New Jersey Self Ban list.
Within the next few years Pennsylvania may become the countries largest gambling state. In the next year the state has plans to open more then five new casinos, and many more licenses have been applied for and are waiting approval.
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