Nevada Gaming Commission Implements Self-Exclusion List For Online Gaming

The Nevada Gaming Commission has passed the amended regulations which require each state to follow, establish and maintain a self-exclusion list of internet gaming sites.

Earlier this month the Nevada Gaming Committee approved significant changes to Regulation 5A which exclusively covers online gambling. The commission supported requiring a Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) to manage and create a statewide list of individuals who wish to opt-out from having access to the internet online gaming.

The NGC Declared, “The Board shall update the state-wide list of individuals who have self-excluded each day and provide operators with access to the list. ”

The self-exclusion list maintained by operators will only prevent individuals who have added their name to the directory from preventing access to online gaming sites. The prepared self-exclusion list is only for online gambling and it would not prohibit gamblers from entering land-based casinos.

As of now, the self-exclusion list will primarily deal with online poker. Nevada currently limits online gambling to peer-to-peer games and poker tables to players from inside the state as well as Delaware and New Jersey.

The Nevada Gaming Commission’s action to introduce the self-exclusion list for the operators is yet another attempt to figure out where the other forms of iGaming should be authorized.

Last month, NGCB announced its plans to hold an informative workshop to discuss whether Nevada should join other states to legalize full-scale online gambling activities with interactive slot machines and table games. Only New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia have a legal iGaming industry.

According to NGCB, the meeting will additionally discuss if Nevada should terminate the current mandatory rules or sports bettors to create their online wagering by visiting the betting shop in person.

The control boards, which the NGCB overlooks, will also host the discussion once the Nevada Legislation concludes its session of 2021 later this month.

The importance of the online gambling industry was made clear to the government at the time of the pandemic. As per the reports submitted by American Gaming Association, the land-based commercial casinos lost 45,600 operating days last year due to the state-wide shutdown.

Alan Feldman from UNLV International Gaming Institute revealed that there is no evidence that the self-exclusion list will lead to reduced occurrence of addictive gaming.

Feldman explained, “The act of signing up for it is a very validating and affirming action because it is now that moment where you have said, ‘I need something,’ and that often is a critical moment in a problem gambler’s journey. ”

“Does it actually do anything for them? Do they have a better outcome? Not really, wouldn’t I throw it all away because of that.”

Those players who self-exclude themselves from the iGaming industry can regain interactive gaming access by completing a form to request for removal from the self-exclusion list. However, the procedure of removal from the self-exclusion list might take more than or up to days after the individual has submitted their form.