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Casino Barring Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is casino barring? Casino barring is a possibility that every gambler faces. Learn about the facts before it happens to you, and what you can do about it if it does happen.

What is casino barring?

According to Section 44 of the Casino Act of 1997, a casino may bar anyone from entering its precincts for any reasonable cause. Barring may be made based on one or more of the following reasons:

- If the casino judges that a person's well-being, or that of his or her family, is at risk through gambling (gambling problem, addiction, etc.)

- If the person has misused or caused damage to casino property (vandalism, hacking, etc.)

- If the person is engaged or planning to engage in offensive activities in the casino (cheating, card counting, etc.)

Can advantage gamblers be barred?

Yes, often they are when they are caught. Advantage gambling is not a crime; however the casino is still entitled by law to bar anyone who commits an offence in its eyes.

Technically, advantage gambling strategies such as shuffle tracking and card counting are not illegal in themselves. There is no crime provided no special gadgets are used. However if you try to stay in the casino after being asked to leave, you will be guilty of trespassing.

How long does a casino barring order last?

A bar order is valid for 3 months unless it is self-barring; then the casino and the person may agree to any fixed or indefinite period.

How is a casino barring order made?

A bar order is made in writing and then delivered to the person by hand or by registered mail. If the person is in the casino when the order is delivered, he or she must leave as told.

Is it possible to contest a bar order?

Yes. If the person disagrees with the order, he or she may appeal to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner within 2 weeks of the incident.

It is never a good idea to argue the case in the casino. If a person is barred, he or she must leave immediately or else may be charged with trespassing. The barred person should instead appeal at the proper forum and through legal means.

What is self-barring?

Self- or voluntary casino barring is when a person directly asks the casino to have him- or herself barred. Usually it is people suffering from gambling addiction who will do this. This is possible under Section 15b, Independent Gambling Authority Act of 1995. The Casino Act of 1997, Section 45 also allows concerned family and friends to seek barring for the person.

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