Self exclusion policy created for Mass. casinos

People who enroll won't be able to enter any casino

MGM Growth Properties LLC would have the option to add the MGM Springfield casino to its portfolio once it's built.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With casino construction already underway here in Massachusetts, the state gaming commission is offering a way from problem gamblers to help themselves.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has created a program that would allow problem gamblers to ban themselves from Massachusetts casinos. They can enroll for a ban ranging from six months to life.

People who enroll won’t be able to enter any casino. Breaking the rule and getting caught would mean they’d have to forfeit their winnings.

22News asked people if they think this will really work. “I really don’t think it will help them at all. There’s no way to regulate the program or how to really control people on it,” said Monique Pafumi of Springfield

Michael Maynard of Springfield told 22News, “I do like that it doesn’t have to be a lifetime ban. If they go for five years and it doesn’t take that long, nobody is getting hurt with the extra time they are banned. I think going for too much time is better than going for too little.”

The list of people who ban themselves will be shared with casino security for enforcement.

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