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Arizona Launches Self-Banning Program

6 April 2004

ARIZONA – As reported by the Arizona Republic: "Some Tucson casino gamblers who don't know when to quit are trying a new tactic: banning themselves from all casinos in Arizona.

"A year-old state law allows people to ask casinos to help prevent them from gambling. Violating a 'self-exclusion' contract means casinos refuse to pay winnings, kick out banned gamblers, or even arrest them for trespassing.

"A total of 380 Arizona residents, including 42 in the Tucson area, have elected to ban themselves since the policy began about a year ago, according to Christa Severns, spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Gaming.

"…Now, Arizonans who ban themselves are excluded from all state casinos. People can choose to be banned for one, five or 10 years.

"Once enacted, the ban cannot be undone, even if the person has a change of heart, Severns said…"

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