A New Jersey online gambler was denied a $15,527 prize won at Resorts Casino after regulators discovered the player was already on the state’s gambling self-exclusion list.
The money, won by a patron identified only as “ST”, is still in the possession of NYX Gaming Group, Resorts online casino’s software partner, and was subject to an order of forfeiture issued by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck on May 9. Resorts did not object to the order, and the customer did not request a hearing within the appropriate timeframe.
Deterring Problem Gambling
The DGE requires that NJ online casinos employ a number of measures to curb problem gambling and assist compulsive gamblers in seeking treatment. In the software client, customers can choose from a variety of options which can help reduce the risk of going overboard. Players can set their own deposit, wager and total loss limits and can block access to their own account for a specified amount of time in order to “cool-off”.
For some, however, those deterrents aren’t enough, in which case customers can effectively ban themselves from playing at any of New Jersey’s legal brick-and-mortar or online casinos for periods of one year, five years or for life. Players can opt out on the DGE’s self-exclusion registration page, at an online casino or at NJ racetracks.
The forfeiture of the sizable chunk of winnings illustrates the peril of gambling after putting oneself on the state self-exclusion list. Indeed, putting money at risk only to potentially lose it to the house or have winnings confiscated is the very definition of a lose-lose situation.
The above example, along with the robust problem gambling measures in place at Garden State casinos, illustrates the need for other US states to protect their residents by legalizing the industry. Players living in states where iGaming is not regulated may choose to play at illegal offshore online sites, which are not required to offer any self-exclusion or protective measures at all.
DGE Wields Authority in Various Areas
The Division of Gaming Enforcement is the second regulatory body created under the Casino Control Act of 1976, which, among several other duties, conducts thorough background checks of online gambling operators seeking to become licensed in the state. Additional duties include regulatory enforcement, monitoring casino operations and ensuring the integrity of all electronic gaming equipment.