Self-exclusion is a voluntary program that bans you from all casinos from which you sign up. If you are self-excluded, you will not be paid any winnings if you sneak into the casino, are usually not allowed on any of the casino’s property (including restaurants and entertainment), and may be arrested for trespass if you violate the exclusion.
- California Card Rooms (no slot machines)
- Self-Exclusion Form – this one form will exclude you from all card rooms in California. You can register online – you do not have to enter the casino!
- Tribal Casinos (with slot machines)
- Each Tribal American casino has its own forms and policies. You must contact them individually about their program. We recommend you call the “gaming commission,” “security department,” or “department of public safety” of the casino(s) you wish to ban/restrict yourself from for more information about their program(s).
Self-restriction works the same as self-exclusion, but is only for California Card Rooms, and only applies to a single card room or even just specific games (such as blackjack or poker) or casino services (such as check cashing, marker issuance or marketing).
- Self-Restriction Form – note that the terms of the restriction may vary by the individual card room’s policy.
Third Party Exclusion
If an immediate loved one (such as a spouse, parent or child) has a problem with gambling, you may be able to request “third-party exclusion” to ban the gambler you are requesting it for. Once/if approved, third party exclusions work in the same ways as self-exclusion.
As of 2019, only a few tribal casinos and no California Card Rooms offer third party exclusion, and the requirements to exclude someone in this way are usually very strict. However, if the program is available at your loved one’s casino of choice, it can be a very helpful tool. We recommend you call the casino’s “gaming commission” to find out if it is available.