The Importance of Casino Watchlists
As a licensed gaming operator, you have to comply with complex regulations to avoid costly fines. We’ve gathered up all information, for every U.S. state into a handy guide to help you stay compliant and ensure problem gamblers, and troublesome individuals don’t put your casino or sportsbook at risk.
Statewide Banned Lists
Easily query against the banned gamblers and involuntary exclusion lists for your state or tribe. IDScan.net aggregates all public banned gambler lists, and can help you query private state lists as well, checking for aliases and date-of-birth at the cage or on the casino floor.
All casinos receive access to their state’s self-exclusion program enrollment list, but does your casino have a plan for checking against that list when a gambler goes to collect their jackpot? We make it easy by automatically checking the self-exclusion database.
Make things easy for your security team by maintaining a private watch list of cheaters or troublesome patrons. Store your list on a private server and query it whenever you scan an ID. Don’t wait until someone starts trouble to remove them from your establishment.
Alabama Casino Banned List
Gambling and casinos are banned by the state of Alabama, except for 3 casinos operated by the Poarch Creek Band of Creek Indians tribal Gaming Commission.
They do not make their banned list or watchlist publicly available.
They do not reference self exclusion anywhere on their site.
No. Alabama law only allows for bingo-based games and electronic gaming devices.
Alaska Casino Banned List
Alaska has no centralized banned list.
No. The ASWD contains resources related to problem gambling, but does not offer a self exclusion or involuntary exclusion option.
Casino-style gambling is banned in Alaska. Online gambling is not prohibited, however.
Arizona Casino Banned List
Arizona has no centralized banned list.
Yes. Arizona offers self exclusion for a duration of the player’s choosing. The statewide exclusion list includes exclusion from all Class III Indian Gaming Facilities, including their facilities.
Yes. Because Ak-Chin is a Harrah’s managed property, anyone who self excludes in Arizona will automatically be self-excluded from all Harrah’s/Caesars properties globally.
Your name remains on the self-exclusion list until the end of the period. There is nothing you can do to remove your name except wait.
Arkansas Casino Banned List
Arkansas has no centralized banned list.
Southland Casino in Arkansas states that the self exclusion program exists for those with a gambling problem to exclude themselves for 2 years at a time. Placement is voluntary and is decided by the individual.
California Casino Banned List
California does not maintain or offer a publicly available banned list or watchlist.
California’s confidential self exclusion list is available to Department of Justice employees, law enforcement personnel, gambling establishment key employees, and non-licensed gambling establishment employees. Application for non-licensed gambling entities to receive and access the list can be done here.
No. Self exclusion does not apply to tribal casinos in the State of California.
Casino-style gambling is banned in California. Allowed forms of gambling in the state include horse racing, state lottery, Indian casinos, charitable gaming, and cardrooms.
Colorado Casino Banned List
Colorado maintain a list of court-ordered casino bans. It is not publicly available. Roughly 20 of the members of their banned list were banned for gambling while underage.
Yes. It is distributed to all licensed casinos in the state.
Colorado has 17 functioning casinos at the moment.
Connecticut Casino Banned List
Connecticut has no centralized banned list.
Yes. Individuals can add themselves to the self exclusion list here. The information on the list is deemed a private public record, and is only available to licensed gaming operators.
Per Connecticut law, self-exclusion is meant to apply to digital gaming as well as brick-and-mortar casinos, but there have been difficulties sharing self exclusion lists between entities.
No. Casinos in Connecticut are only allowed on tribal land.
There are two tribal casinos in Connecticut – Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun.
Delaware Casino Banned List
Yes. It contains 233 individuals and includes most recent address, personal information, and a photo.
You can legally gamble in the state lottery, horse-racing, casino gaming, online gaming, and some forms of sports betting, and bingo. All other forms of gambling are prohibited in Delaware.
There are 3 casinos in the state of Delaware.
Florida Casino Banned List
211 individuals have been added to the Florida involuntary exclusion list since 2006.
There are 78 total casinos in Florida spread across 31 cities.
No. The Florida Council on Problem Gaming has guidance on self exclusion programs, but the state does not operate a centrally-managed list.
Georgia Casino Banned List
The only casino in Georgia is the Emerald Princess. They do not maintain a banned or self exclusion list.
1. The Emerald Princess floating casino in Brunswick.
Georgia is strict on its lottery laws. The only types of gambling legal in the state are raffles, bingo, and lottery betting.
Hawaii Casino Banned List
There are no land-based casinos in Hawaii.
Idaho Casino Banned List
Idaho does not maintain a centralized banned list or watchlist.
There are seven casinos operated by four tribes in Idaho.
The minimum gambling age in Idaho is 18. Clearwater Casino, however, does not allow customers younger than 21.
No. Idaho has no self exclusion program.
Illinois Casino Banned List
26 banned individuals, dating back to 1993.
There are 25 casinos in Illinois.
The Illinois self exclusion list is separate and is confidential. Problem Gamblers have two options – a self exclusion program or adding themselves to the problem gambling registry system. Enrollment in either program can be done here.
In either case, the gaming locations have no obligation to prevent the self-excluded individual from gaming or entering the premises.
The program is available to both in-state and out-of-state residents.
The Illinois self exclusion program includes video gaming and sports betting locations.
Indiana Casino Banned List
Indiana does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
Indiana has 11 casinos. 10 are riverboat casinos and 1 is land-based.
You must be 21 years old to gamble in Indiana but 18 years old to play the lottery.
A person may sign up at any Indiana casino, at the IGC office in Indianapolis or with a designated problem gambling treatment provider for one year, five years or lifetime exclusion. The list of excluded persons is confidential. In order to sign up for the VEP, an interested participant must fill out a Request for Voluntary Exclusion form in person, witnessed by a gaming agent or IGC designee. The form can be found here.
Iowa Casino Banned List
Iowa does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
Iowa has 23 casinos. Four are tribal casinos, and 19 are state-licensed casinos.
21 years old.
Kansas Casino Banned List
Kansas does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
Four. The Boot Hill Casino, Hollywood Casino, Kansas Star, and Kansas Crossing.
After two years on the self exclusion list, you can take a lifestyle choices assessment to apply to come off the list. The commission will then make a decision about the application.
For information regarding the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission’s Responsible Gambling Program, including the Kansas voluntary exclusion program and FAQ’S click here. The self exclusion list is distributed to casino managers only and removes the individuals from any direct marketing, and refuses check cashing privileges for any winnings.
Gambling at tribal casinos is legal in Kansas. Other forms of gambling are prohibited in the state.
Kentucky Casino Banned List
Kentucky does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
There is 1 casino and 1 racino in Kentucky – the famous Kentucky Downs. There are additionally gaming halls and video gaming locations in the state.
Kentucky only allows horse betting.
Louisiana Casino Banned List
Louisiana does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
There are 43 state-licensed casinos and 4 tribal casinos in Louisiana.
An individual wishing to be excluded from casino gaming activities at all casino gaming establishments regulated by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board must appear in person at a Louisiana State Police, Gaming Enforcement Division location, and complete and sign the proper forms in the presence of a Division Agent. Instructions and the “Request for Self-Exclusion from Casino Gaming” form are linked here.
Maine Casino Banned List
Miane does not provide a centralized banned list or watch list.
No, but there is only one establishment in Maine for residents to play poker. Hollywood Casino Bangor is the owner of this establishment.
It is currently illegal in Maine, but this is about to change with new legislation in favor of sports betting.
There are 2 casinos in Maine.
After an individual submits the forms and photos for self exclusion, they are sent in an email immediately to the Gambling Control Board and your name will be placed on the list . All paper forms and copied identifications will be sent to the Gambling Control Unit in the next available US mail. None of your information will remain with the agency. This is a password protected confidential process done here.
Maryland Casino Banned List
There are 6 casinos in Maryland
Casino gaming, poker, sports betting, and pari-mutuel wagering.
Because several Maryland casinos are run by national operators such as Penn National, MGM Resorts, and Caesars Entertainment, adding yourself to the Maryland self exclusion list will automatically exclude you from all of their properties worldwide.
Massachusetts Casino Banned List
The list consists of persons who have violated or conspired to violate laws related to gaming, cheats, willful tax evaders, individuals whose presence in a licensed gaming establishment would adversely affect public confidence and trust in the gaming industry, and persons whose presence in a licensed gaming establishment poses the potential of injurious threat to the interests of the Commonwealth.
There are three casinos in Massachusetts.
Yes. Massachusetts self exclusion allows for separate self exclusion from physical casinos, online gaming, or both. It is managed by GameSense. Remote enrollment is allowed. It does not exclude you from playing the lottery.
Length of exclusion periods range from one year, three years, five years, and a lifetime. One must first partake in a short-term self-exclusion period to qualify for a lifetime exclusion.
Minnesota Casino Banned List
Minnesota does not maintain a list of banned players or a watchlist.
There are 19 tribal casinos in Minnesota. They may operate their own banned lists.
No, online gambling is not legal in the state.
Montana Casino Banned List
Montana does not maintain publicly available banned player list.
There are 4 major casinos and more than 100 licensed video gaming operators.
No. Online gambling like sports betting and online casino websites is not allowed in Montana.
You must be over 18 to gamble in Montana.
Nebraska Casino Banned List
Nebraska does not maintain publicly available banned player list.
According to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, “Illegal types of gambling include activities where participants pay to play for the chance of winning something of value in games such as blackjack, dice, roulette or poker.”
All 5 Nebraska casinos are on tribal land.
Nevada Casino Banned List
36 men and 1 woman are on the Nevada casino banned list (also sometimes called the Blacklist or the Las Vegas banned gamblers list).
Typical reasons include the customer being too loud, rowdy, drunk, or winning too much money.
There are 441 casinos in Nevada, with around 150 in Las Vegas alone.
No. But individual casinos and gaming operators maintain their own programs.
New Hampshire Casino Banned List
New Hampshire does not have a centralized banned or involuntary exclusion list.
Casino games are not legal in the state of New Hampshire. However, cruise ships with gambling machines are allowed in the state for 48 hours maximum.
New Jersey Casino Banned List
There are more than 200 individuals on the New Jersey casino banned/involuntary exclusion list.
The Casino Control Act (N.J.S.A 5:12-71 provides for the establishment of a list of persons who are to be excluded or ejected from any licensed casino in New Jersey, such as career professional offenders, cheats, or criminal offenders.
There are 11 casinos in New Jersey.
Yes. There are multiple options for self-exclusion in New Jersey and all include online gaming.
New Mexico Casino Banned List
19 individuals are on the New Mexico casino banned list. 7 women and 12 men. The list includes photos of 18 individuals and detailed information on the reasons for their ban.
There are 23 casinos in New Mexico, with 14 being owned by Indian tribes.
No. Self-exclusion is a voluntary program, which the individual must place himself on.
New York Casino Banned List
Nobody is banned from casinos in New York, according to the state’s Gaming Commission.
The New York State Gaming Commission is required by state law to keep a list of people “involuntary excluded” from any licensed gambling facility publically available on its website. However there are no individuals on the current banned list.
Individual casinos are free to ban patrons on their own accord, but the state has not taken action to exclude any person from gambling facilities. The law applies specifically to casinos licensed by the state, whereas Native American casinos operate under separate agreements specific to each tribe. The exclusion process considers whether a person has been banned from racing facilities or Native American casinos.
According to New York law, the state “prohibits gambling, with the exception of State-run lotteries, betting on horse races, the establishment of up to seven casinos, certain bingo and lottery games to raise funds for charitable, religious, or not-for-profit organizations.”
North Carolina Casino Banned List
North Carolina does not maintain a centralized banned gambler or involuntary exclusion list.
There are 3 casinos in North Carolina.
The state’s gambling laws are rather strict. North Carolina prohibits most gambling except those on Indian reservations. The state does also allow bingo and raffles that are sponsored by nonprofits.
North Dakota Casino Banned List
North Dakota does not maintain a publicly available casino banned list.
The commission or an operator may ban a person from participating in the play or operation of sports wagering. A log of all excluded persons must be kept by the commission and shared with each operator, and a person on the commission’s exclusion list or an operator’s exclusion list may not engage in sports wagering under this chapter. However, this list is not publicly available.
There are 27 casinos in the state of North Dakota.
No. But individual casinos and gaming operators maintain their own programs.
No. Casinos are restricted to Indian reservations in North Dakota.
Ohio Casino Banned List
11 individuals are on the Ohio casino banned list. The majority are banned due to placing or assisting with illegal bets during their time employed by casinos in the state.
There are 11 casinos and racinos in the state of Ohio.
Yes. The Ohio Voluntary Exclusion Program (VEP) allows for self exclusion. The application must be completed in person. Self-excluded individuals are still permitted to work on casino properties. The self exclusion list is accessible only to Ohio casino operators.
The onus of staying out of your casino is on the self-excluded individual. They may be arrested and are unable to collect any jackpot winnings, however there are no punitive damages for allowing a self-excluded gambler to enter or place bets at your casino.
Oklahoma Casino Banned List
Oklahoma does not maintain a publicly available banned gamblers list.
The majority of Oklahoma’s tribal casinos participate in a centralized exclusion list. The list is not publicly available but is said to contain more than 11,000 problem gamblers, which makes it the largest statewide list in the country by a wide margin. However, it is not available to the public.
There are 143 casinos in Oklahoma, all run by Indian tribes.
- Absentee Shawnee Gaming Commission – 405-360-9270
- Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission – 918-431-4116
- Chickasaw Nation Gaming Commission – 580-310-0570
- Choctaw Nation Gaming Commission – 580-924-8112
- Citizen Potawatomi Nation Gaming Commission – 405-878-4838
- Comanche Nation Gaming Commission – 580-595-3300
- Delaware Nation Gaming Commission – 405-247-2448
- Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Gaming Commission – 918-666-2435
- Kiowa Tribe Gaming Commission – 580-654-2300
- Muscogee Creek Office of Public Gaming – 918-995-8400
- Otoe-Missouri Nation Gaming Commission – 580-723-2851
- Ponca Tribe Gaming Commission – 580-762-8104
- Seminole Nation Gaming Agency – 405-382-0046
- Shawnee Tribe Gaming Commission – 918-542-2441
- Remington Park – 405-424-1000
- The Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma – 918-542-2441
Oregon Casino Banned List
Oregon does not maintain a publicly available banned gambler list.
There are 8 tribal casinos in the state. The Spirit Mountain Casino is the largest.
Oregon allows various gambling types, including horse and dog racing, charitable gaming, social gaming, and gambling at Indian-run casinos.
Pennsylvania Casino Banned List
There are currently about 1110 people on the involuntary exclusion list in Pennsylvania. Their names, pictures and reasons for landing on the list are listed on the Pennsylvania gaming Control Board’s website. It’s the most of any state with a publicly available list.
There are 14 casinos in Pennsylvania.
Yes. Pennsylvania offers 4 separate self-exclusion tracks – casinos, interactive gambling (online gaming), video gaming terminals, and fantasy contests. They are one of the few states that allow for online enrollment.
Rhode Island Casino Banned List
Rhode Island does not maintain a publicly available banned gamblers list.
Bally’s is the sole operator of Rhode Island’s 2 casinos, and maintains their own banned and self exclusion list, which they say contains roughly 70 individuals.
There are 2 casinos in Rhode Island.
Yes but users must call PGSRI for more information.
18 years old is the minimum gambling age in Rhode Island.
South Carolina Casino Banned List
South Carolina does not maintain a publicly available banned gamblers list.
South Carolina only has one operational casino, the Big M casino, which does not make their banned players list public.
There are no land-based casinos in South Carolina. The only casinos allowed in the state include casinos on cruise ships. These ships are allowed to operate the casinos 3 miles away from South Carolina land.
No. The Big M also does not offer a self exclusion program.
No. Land-based casinos are prohibited within the state.
South Dakota Casino Banned List
3 women and 4 men are on the South Dakota banned gamblers list. The list is available due to a FOIA request and contains only first name, last name, and a photo.
There are 25 casinos in the state, all residing in Deadwood.
No. But individual casinos and gaming operators maintain their own programs.
Tennessee Casino Banned List
In Tennessee, most forms of gambling are prohibited under state law. The state’s constitution explicitly prohibits all forms of casino-style gambling, including slot machines, roulette, and other table games.
Despite the prohibition on most forms of gambling in Tennessee, there are some exceptions. For example, the state allows for charitable bingo games and certain forms of parimutuel betting on horse races. Additionally, daily fantasy sports are legal in Tennessee under a law that was passed in 2016.
When you self-exclude from one book, this doesn’t always mean you’re opting out of all Tennessee sportsbooks.
Some operators, such as Caesars, offer the option of either self-excluding from that sportsbook alone or from all Tennessee sportsbooks simultaneously. But that’s not necessarily the case at all books, so it’s important to read the fine print.
Sports betting is allowed online only in the state of Tennessee.
It is worth noting that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates a casino resort in western North Carolina, which is relatively close to Tennessee. However, this casino is not located in Tennessee and is subject to the laws and regulations of North Carolina.
This tribe has purchased land in Tennessee with the future goal of establishing a casino in the state.
Texas Casino Banned List
There are no casinos in Texas because the state’s constitution and laws prohibit most forms of casino-style gambling. Specifically, the Texas Constitution only allows for certain types of gambling, such as horse and dog racing, bingo, and lottery. However, casino games like blackjack, roulette, and slot machines are prohibited.
Therefore there are no banned or self exclusion lists that exist.
Utah Casino Banned List
Casinos and most forms of gambling are illegal in Utah due to the state’s strict anti-gambling laws. The Utah Constitution explicitly prohibits all forms of gambling, including casino games, slot machines, sports betting, and horse and dog racing.
Additionally, Utah does not have a state lottery.
Vermont Casino Banned List
In Vermont, most forms of gambling are illegal under state law. Vermont has some of the strictest gambling laws in the United States, and the state’s constitution explicitly prohibits most forms of gambling, including casino games, sports betting, and lottery games.
However, there are some exceptions to the state’s prohibition on gambling. For example, the state allows for charitable gambling, including bingo games and raffles. Additionally, Vermont has a state lottery that offers a limited number of games, such as scratch-off tickets and multi-state games like Powerball.
It is also worth noting that Vermont has not yet legalized sports betting, although there have been some efforts in the state legislature to do so. However, these efforts have not been successful so far, and it is unclear whether sports betting will be legalized in Vermont anytime soon.
Virginia Casino Banned List
Virginia does not offer a publicly available banned gamblers list.
There are 13 casinos in Virginia. 4 more are slated to open in 2024.
Yes. The state legalized casino gaming in 2019, making them one of the last states in the country to legalize casino gaming.
Yes. The self-exclusion program allows people with a gambling problem to voluntary exclude themselves from participating in certain legalized gambling in Virginia, whether regulated by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, or the Virginia Racing Commission. This includes casino gaming, account-based Virginia Lottery games; online sports betting, charitable gaming (raffle, bingo, network bingo and instant bingo); and betting on horse racing (live racing, off-track betting, historical horse racing, and advance deposit account wagering).
Washington Casino Banned List
Washington does not offer a publicly available casino banned gamblers list.
22 tribes operate 29 casinos. The largest is Muckleshoot Casino.
Yes, but it can only take place at one of the state’s tribal casino sportsbooks.
Yes, The Gambling Commission has developed a process where a person with a gambling problem or gambling disorder can submit a single form and voluntarily exclude themselves from all non-tribal casinos statewide. Tribal casinos may also participate in this statewide self-exclusion program.
Washington D.C Casino Banned List
No. The District of Columbia does not have any casinos.
D.C. residents may participate in charitable games, bingo games, lottery games, and sports betting.
West Virginia Casino Banned List
West Virginia does not offer a publicly available casino banned gamblers list.
The state has five casinos that offer a variety of gambling options, including slot machines, table games, and poker rooms. The casinos are located in different parts of the state and include:
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town
- Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes
- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in New Cumberland
- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack in Wheeling
- The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs (a private casino exclusively for guests of the resort)
Yes. Many popular sportsbooks are available such as: DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, FanDuel, and PointsBet.
Wisconsin Casino Banned List
Wisconsin does not offer a publicly available casino banned gamblers list.
There are 26 Indian casinos in Wisconsin.
No. Video gaming devices are only allowed in Tribal gaming facilities. Bars and taverns may offer 5 or fewer devices for amusement only, meaning they must be free play, and provide nothing of value as a prize.
Wyoming Casino Banned List
Wyoming does not offer a publicly available casino banned gamblers list.
There are three casinos in Wyoming. All are located on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Wyoming has different time frames that a person can remain on the self-exclusion list. 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, or a lifetime ban. The removal of your name can only be done upon the expiration of the time frame.
No. But individual casinos and gaming operators maintain their own programs.
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