Consumers of online sports wagering and casino titles within Pennsylvania are now able to self exclude themselves, thanks to the launch of new initiative within the state.

Brought forward by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the self-help tool allows individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participation.

The PGCB states that it’s new introduction is modelled on the existing self-exclusion program, which has “assisted thousands of persons by allowing them to voluntarily ban themselves from gaming in Pennsylvania’s casino”.

Furthermore, the igaming self exclusion program will similarly allow individuals to voluntarily choose one year, five year or lifetime bans for online gambling activities.

Further information and a sign up for the tool can be accessed via the PGCB website, with the regulator stating: “All Commonwealth on-line gaming sites must refuse wagers and deny gaming privileges to all persons on the igaming self-exclusion list, as well as refuse any player club membership, complementary goods and services, and other similar privileges; and, ensure that persons on the igaming self-exclusion list do not receive solicitations, targeted mailings, telemarketing promotions, player club materials or other promotional materials relating to igaming activities.

“It is important to note that the PGCB’s igaming self-exclusion program is separate from the existing casino self-exclusion program.”

Earlier this month it was revealed that Pennsylvania sportsbooks recorded a solid showing in April, attracting $36.8m in bets across the month.

Rivers Casino, the only sportsbook in the Pittsburgh market, remained the market leader, bringing in $8.2m in April bets, down from $11.9m in March, and $871,753 in revenue as compared to $1.3m the previous month.

This is ahead of SugarHouse Casino with $7.9m handle (March: $9.2m) and $871,753 revenue (March: $1.2m), and Parx Casino’s $6.9m handle (March: $7.96m) and $907,298 revenue (March: $984,339).

Only two entities saw some month-on-month rises, with the Valley Forge Casino Resort’s FanDuel offering finishing with an increase in handle to $3.1m (March: $2m) offset by revenue of $379,731, down from $449,597, while the Valley Forge Race and Sportsbook, the lowest earner, seeing $1.5m in handle, up from $706,089, and $195,856 revenue (March: $120,836).