A.C. GAMBLING BAN FACES OBSTACLES

June 11, 2001 7:33 PM
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Privacy concerns are forcing New Jersey's gaming regulators to reconsider ways to implement a controversial state law that allows problem gamblers to ban themselves from Atlantic City's casinos.

The law is intended to help admitted compulsive gamblers by letting them register with the state and provide personal information and photographs to the casinos. The casinos would have authority to keep them out and would remove them from marketing and credit lists.

The information would be private and confidential.

But several problems were discussed in hearings last week before the Casino Control Commission, which is charged with writing the rules to make the law work.

According to an Associated Press report, there is no agreement on whether casinos should be allowed to share the customer information among themselves, or how long a player should remain on the self-exclusion list -- one year, as proposed in the new rules, or five years, as advocated by the state's Council on Compulsive Gambling.

Another gray area is whether those on the list should be banned from the properties entirely or merely barred from placing bets.

The commission has set no date yet on when a final set of rules will be ready.