By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Casinos across Massachusetts have banned more than 1,000 people, but only because the people asked them to. Most are compulsive gamblers who enrolled in the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program.

Currently, there are 1,020 active individuals enrolled in the program. The majority are men with the median age of 46.

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The VSE program allows participants to voluntarily exclude themselves from the gaming floor of all Massachusetts casinos for a pre-determined length of time.

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“This milestone is significant but represents a small percentage of those struggling to control their gambling,” said Mark Vander Linden of the Mass. Gaming Commission. “The VSE program is designed to honor and support a person’s decision to stop gambling.”

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The program started in 2015 when legal gambling in Massachusetts began. Staff