Responsible Gambling

Gambling Should Never Be A Problem

We at the California Gambling Control Commission want everyone who gambles - to do so responsibly. When you borrow money to play and spend above your budget using money allocated for other purposes, it can ultimately lead to more significant problems for you and your family.

Most Californians gamble for fun using money from their entertainment budget for casinos, horse races, playing cards or bingo or to buy a lottery ticket. But according to a study conducted for the California Office of Problem Gambling, 9.5% of adult Californians may be at-risk in their lifetime for developing problems with gambling. Approximately 2.2% of adult Californians are already experiencing problems associated with gambling and 1.5% may be classified as pathological gamblers - meaning that they are battling a disorder.

If you think that you or someone you care about might have a gambling problem, call the 1-800-GAMBLER Helpline or visit the California Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling for additional information and resources.

If you would like to VOLUNTARILY EXCLUDE yourself from California Cardrooms, you can fill out a Self-Exclusion Form and return it to any licensed gambling establishment or mail it to the addresses indicated on the form. This does not include Tribal casinos. It must be either notarized or witnessed by a licensed card room employee.

You can also fill out the form online which is processed through the Bureau of Gambling Control (Attorney General). [CLICK HERE]

The self-ban is IRREVOCABLE for the time period you choose (one year, five years, or lifetime). Self-excluded customers are banned from all cardrooms in the state and prohibited from collecting any winnings or recovering losses.

Problem Gambling Helpline:1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)