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US – New Jersey adds Self-Exclusion Registration for online

By - 23 February 2015

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced a new feature in their responsible gaming initiatives.

Now individuals who seek to voluntarily self-exclude themselves from online gaming in New Jersey can do so from the Division’s website at www.njdge.org. The Self-Exclusion Registration service is also accessible at https://www.njportal.com/DGE/selfexclusion.

On the website, there is detailed information about the voluntary Self-Exclusion program. Once people are informed about self-exclusion and agree to all the information presented, they will then be asked a series of questions to verify their identity. Individuals must also choose between a one year and five year self-exclusion term.

Previously, individuals who wanted to sign up for the online self-exclusion list were required to create an account on one of New Jersey’s authorized Internet gaming websites or apply in person at a Division of Gaming Enforcement office or a New Jersey racetrack. This new system permits citizens to sign up without having to travel or first go to an Internet gaming website. However, brick-and-mortar casino self-exclusion registration still must be completed in person.

David Rebuck, Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, said: “The Division is very sensitive to the issues of responsible gaming. We understand that while gambling is fun and a form of entertainment for most people, it can result in serious addiction for some individuals. The Division is confident that proper technical solutions are in place to allow patrons to engage in Internet gaming responsibly. In addition to those technical requirements, the regulations mandate Internet gaming permit holders to pay $250,000 annually to be utilized by compulsive gambling programs in the state. Other changes in responsible gaming regulations this year include legislation (Bill A244) which was passed July 30, 2014. This legislation removed from the self-exclusion sign up process any admission of problem gambling activity.”

He added: “New Jersey’s policies have proven to be in the forefront of responsible gaming regulation. Keith Whyte, head of the National Council for Compulsive Gambling, conducted a survey which showed that New Jersey by far had the most comprehensive responsible gaming policies of all the states with authorized Internet gaming. We always strive, however, to improve, and after consulting with the Council and Mr. Whyte, the Division implemented temporary regulations effective on September 22, 2014, that make our responsible gaming requirements even more comprehensive. These new regulations address areas such as additional information regarding how to reach out for problem gambling assistance and practical tips for staying within safe limits. They also require operators to implement problem gaming training for all of their employees. All Internet gaming platform providers have to implement the requirements in order to be approved to operate in New Jersey. The Division aggressively enforces these regulations, and the sanctions for any violations are handled on a case-by-case basis.”

He concluded: “Even one year into the process with the experience which has been gained, Internet gaming is still in its early stages of development and the industry and the regulators continue to learn from each other. From a regulatory standpoint, our system is working. There have been no major infractions or meltdowns or any systematic regulatory failures that would make anyone doubt the integrity of operations. The issues that have arisen have been dealt with appropriately just like in the brick-and-mortar casinos. However, we are far from out of the woods; we must continue to be vigilant and ready to take on new challenges as they come our way.”

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