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New York launches voluntary self-exclusion support programme

| By Robert Fletcher
The New York State Responsible Play Partnership (RPP) has launched a new, voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) support programme to help people withdraw from gambling.
New York Self Exclusion

The VSE Support Programme allows New York players who may have a gambling problem to find resources they need to exclude. 

By voluntarily self-excluding, players are halted from taking part in any legal gambling activity in New York. This includes online gambling and entering licensed gambling establishments across the state.

The programme grants more powers to workers at the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG). Staff from the NYCPG can explain the self-exclusion process to players and help them complete the necessary VSE forms. NYCPG workers can also connect individuals to problem gambling treatment providers. They will then be directed to counselling, peer support and recovery services.

The NYCPG is part of the New York State RPP. The organisation is also supported by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and New York State Gaming Commission.

Helping New York players in need of support

“Assisting those in need of help through providing care and concern is at the core of what NYCPG does,” NYCPG executive director James Maney said. “The launch of this new programme exemplifies that care and concern by breaking down barriers. 

“The new online notary services make it easier for individuals to complete remote VSE… while also connecting to one of our caring staff members who are knowledgeable about the process.”

OASAS commissioner Dr Chinazo Cunningham also backed the programme. Cunningham said problem gambling is one of the issues OASAS addresses with its prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery services.

“Voluntary self-exclusion can be an effective prevention strategy to reduce gambling harm,” Cunningham said. “This new support programme not only provides a way for people to complete the self-exclusion process, but also offers an opportunity to connect to OASAS local problem gambling community support services to assist in mitigating further harm.”

New York State Gaming Commission executive director Robert Williams added: “The Gaming Commission is committed to ensuring that licensed facilities operate in responsible and sensitive matters for those who need help. 

“The NYCPG VSE Support Programme provides those individuals with the knowledge and resources to make the best decisions for their welfare.”

New York smashes US monthly handle record in October

The programme launch comes on the back of record sports betting spend in New York during October. Players wagered $2.01bn (£1.61bn/€1.85bn) in October, the first time a state has surpassed the $2.00bn mark in a single month since the repeal of PASPA in 2018.

The October total was 30.5% ahead of $1.54bn reported in the same month of last year and 14.2% up from $1.76bn in September this year.

Monthly revenue also reached a new high of $166.3m. This was up from the previous record of $165.5m in September and 14.1% higher than $145.7m last year. 

Flutter Entertainment-owned FanDuel continues to lead in New York. FanDuel posted $83.1m in revenue in October from $891.9m in internet-based wagers.

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