Last month New Jersey online gaming operators were fined more than $150,000 by state regulators for compliance shortcomings.
On behalf of the licensed interactive companies, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) issued $153,500 in civil penalties for various regulatory violations.
NYX Digital Gaming (USA) and NYX Digital Gaming (Americas) – entities controlled by parent SG Digital, a global online gaming, sports, and lottery provider – were hit with the bulk of the penalties. The companies were issued a $100,000 fine for operating unapproved software in the state.
David Rebuck, DGE Director, said in the order that the company deployed “versions of three games that were not the versions tested and approved by the Division.”
Rebuck, in a separate order, said there was “sufficient and legal support” to furthermore fine the two NYX Digital companies $10,000 for their compliance deficiencies.
Casino.org informs that William Hill, a sportsbook operator which facilitates both land-based and mobile wagering, was charged a $26,500 penalty for accepting bets from folks who had placed themselves on the self-exclusion list.
A total of 16 people who had banned themselves from gambling in the state were allowed to place sports bets through William Hill, explained Rebuck. As the basis for the substantial fine, the DGE cited the New Jersey Casino Control Act.
Furthermore, the gaming regulatory agency ordered William Hill to forfeit $5,036 in funds which belonged to the banned persons.
For three regulatory breaches, iGaming Cloud, a player profile management system, was fined a total of $11,000. The DGE claimed the company allowed self-excluded patrons to create online gambling accounts, which led to a $7,000 fine from the state.
The DGE additionally placed two $2,000 charges on iGaming Cloud – one for operating unapproved revenue reporting software, and another for “being unable to recover slot tournament data after a system crash” and failing to file an explanation with the state.
For “losing approximately two hours of poker hand history data, ”PokerStars was subjected to a $5,000 fine.
There were other gaming companies besides William Hill which handed over self-excluded player funds to the state. Caesars forfeited $6,309.01 and Bally’s $1,786.29 in money which was due payable to folks who weren’t lawfully allowed to gamble in New Jersey.
The DGE explains that monies of underage gamblers or excluded persons are subject to forfeiture. Both the Casino Revenue Fund and Compulsive Gambling Program receive forfeitures and fines.
The New Jersey Exclusion List is nearing 900 individuals. Once a person submits their application – which must be done in person – the DGE distributes a photograph and description of the self-excluded individual to all land-based casinos. The resorts are required to remove the individual from all promotional mailings and email marketing.
Also, internet gaming operators are notified about a person’s exclusion by the DGE. “After you are placed on the list, a casino or internet gaming site will refuse to accept your wagers. If you are caught gambling … you will be subject to forfeiture of any winnings,” warns the agency.