Following the launch of Kentucky sports betting in September 2023, extra emphasis has been placed on ensuring responsible gambling practices are followed at all times throughout the state. One tool available at Kentuckians’ disposal is the self-exclusion list, allowing people to opt out of gambling-related activities to avoid engaging in dangerous betting behaviors.
We created this page to inform you about how Kentucky’s gambling self-exclusion list works, how to get your name onto the list if needed, and offer some warning signs to watch out for problem gambling.
Does Kentucky have a self-exclusion list for gamblers?
Yes, Kentucky has a self-exclusion program for gamblers. State law (Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 230) requires each gambling operator to create a self-exclusion list that meets the standards established by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).
While each operator must come up with their own data collection policies and requirements, gamblers must only fill out the paperwork once. After submitting a self-exclusion form, the data is sent to the KHRC to compile a master list. The comprehensive list is sent back to gambling operators monthly so they consistently have the most up-to-date information possible and so they can help people gamble responsibly in Kentucky.
How the Kentucky self-exclusion list works
The Kentucky self-exclusion list works by collecting personal information from would-be bettors, including their legal names, birth dates, copies of photo IDs, etc., and using that information to prevent individuals from creating betting accounts through websites or mobile apps. The list is also referenced by in-person sportsbooks to verify no one on the list attempts to place a wager.
Bettors are required to show photo ID when gambling in-person. If an individual is put on the self-exclusion list and attempts to place a wager or to collect prior winnings, they could be arrested for trespassing at the betting facility. They could also be subject to fines or jail time.
Applying for the list must be done in person by the individual attempting to self-exclude; it cannot be done by proxy. The self-exclusion period lasts a minimum of one year, after which time an individual can request a review to remove themselves from the list. However, we strongly encourage those who self-exclude to remain on the list even after this time period has passed.
Why do gamblers put themselves on the Kentucky self-exclusion list?
Gamblers put themselves on the Kentucky self-exclusion list as a preventative measure against problematic betting behaviors. It is an extra safeguard against access to betting enterprises by allowing for legal penalties against themselves to encourage individuals to stay away from gambling activities.
You should consider putting yourself on the self-exclusion list if you show any of the following signs of gambling addiction: