29 Oct

Self-Exclusion from Online Gambling in CO

Signing up for iGaming voluntary self-exclusion in Colorado.

How to Sign Up for iGaming Voluntary Self-Exclusion in ColoradoFor the first time in history, sports betting is 100% legal in the state of Colorado. It’s not just legal at licensed gaming facilities, though. So long as you’re located anywhere within the state’s borders, you can log into more than a dozen licensed online sportsbooks and place wagers on your favorite sports, your favorite athletes, and a lot more. All you need is a computer or mobile device with an internet connection to put sports betting at your fingertips.

While the majority of sports fans are happy about this recent turn of events, not everyone agrees, and with good reason. According to a 2016 study published by NAFGAH, an estimated 2.6% of the adult population in the United States suffers from some degree of mild to severe problem gambling. It is for this reason that Colorado (and most other US states) have introduced Voluntary Self-Exclusion Programs.

Voluntary Self-Exclusion from Online Gambling

Colorado’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program is deigned for those who recognize at-risk behavior, and wish to take steps to protect themselves from harm. Self-exclusion has been around for years, but it’s gotten a lot more attention since the legalization of sports betting, both on land and online.

How Do I Know If I Have a Problem?

If you’re unsure whether you have a problem, or think you might be are at-risk for developing a gambling problem, the National Council on Problem Gambling provides a quick, 10-question test known as the NORC Diagnostic Self-Assessment Screen, (a.k.a. NODS-SA). You can find and take the online test here, but remember to be honest with yourself. The results are anonymous. What you do with them is entirely up to you.

What Happens After I Sign Up?

Signing up for voluntary self-exclusion comes with a host of benefits. First and foremost, volunteers will not be able to gamble at any physical or virtual gambling destinations in Colorado. While it may be possible to circumvent identification screenings, it would not be wise to do so. As an excluded gambler, you can lose money, but you cannot win.

Cashing out winnings becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible. When a self-excluding gambler attempts to cash out winnings, either at the cashier cage (requires government issued photo ID), or at an online sportsbook (requires strict identity verification), the state can permanently confiscate the money. On the plus side, those funds go to support problem gambling prevention and treatment programs. So in a way, you could say violators are reinvesting in their future.

Self-exclusion also requires gambling operators to cease all manner of solicitation towards the individual. Volunteers will no longer receive mail or email marketing materials related to gambling. Any operator found guilty of sending any form of promotional material to an excluded gambler will be heavily penalized with fines. That money also goes to fund problem gambling prevention and treatment programs.

What If I Change My Mind?

Voluntary self-exclusion doesn’t have to be permanent, although it is an option. Colorado’s program gives individuals the choice of excluding themselves from gambling for a period of 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, or lifetime. Only those who choose lifetime cannot reverse their exclusion status.

Choosing to excluding for a period of 3, 5, or 10 years does not mean that, once the chosen period of time expires, you can head back to the casinos. In order to be removed from voluntary self-exclusion, the individual must submit a Self-Exclusion Rescind Application at any time after the chosen time frame expires.

Can I Sign Someone Else Up for Exclusion?

No. As the program’s name clearly implies, individuals may only sign themselves up for Voluntary Self-Exclusion. No one can be forced to sign up. No one can sign anyone else up. It just doesn’t work that way.

Signing Up for iGaming Voluntary Self-Exclusion in Colorado

If you believe voluntary self-exclusion is the right choice for you, congratulations on making such a courageous decision. All you have to do is fill out the form (see link below), print it, sign it, and either deliver it in person, or mail it, to the following address:

Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado
Self-Exclusion Program
P. O. Box 260435
Lakewood, CO 80226

You can access the form here:

Be sure to fill out the form in its entirety. You will need to provide your full name, home address, date of birth, last four digits of your Social Security Number, phone number, and the same descriptive features generally found on your driver’s license or government ID; height, weight, hair color, eye color, race, and sex. Next, you’ll need to provide any other names or aliases you have gone by in the past. Finally, the form requires a list of any special identifying marks, like scars and/or tattoos.

If you’re mailing the application, a copy of your current photo ID / driver’s license must be included. To certify that you, and only you, are responsible for signing and submitting the application, mail-in requests must include certification by a notary public. For your convenience, a notary form is supplied with all applications for live and iGaming voluntary self-exclusion in Colorado.

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