The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) recently urged all media channels in the state to not advertise any unlicensed gaming networks or websites. It also asked them not to refer to these authorized entities.
New guidelines for media outlets
According to DGE director David Rebuck, the agency
“is charged with protecting New Jersey’s consumers from the dangers posed by these illicit sites, which, in addition to not being authorized to accept wagers from New Jersey-based customers, lack consumer protections, integrity protocols, and money laundering controls.”
Therefore, he urged media outlets to stop accepting advertisements from illegal operators. It may not be easy for a player to determine if a site is authorized to operate in the state. Such a player may easily place bets with unregulated operators which may be involved in illicit activities like money laundering or financial scams.
The state-licensed a number of websites to operate legally in associated with Borgata, a land-based partner firm. These websites include the likes of ScoresCasino, PalaBingoUSA, and PartyCasino. Media channels must not only check if websites are licensed before accepting ads but must also refrain from mentioning unlicensed sites. If the media outlet must mention the website, they have to provide a disclaimer to the readers, informing that the website is not regulated by the state.
New Jersey is winning it all
New Jersey became the first state in the US after Nevada to offer legalized sports betting to residents. It fought tooth and nail in the Supreme Court to relinquish PASPA, an act that didn’t give the state rights to operate their own sportsbooks. As the biggest beneficiary of the PASPA strikes down, the state has quickly created a burgeoning gambling market. It is expected to take over from Nevada as the biggest sports betting market in the US soon.
Mobile betting is the king in the Garden State and contributed more than 82.6% of all bets in the state this year. The industry has handled over $2.8 billion in wagers in the first 10 months of the year. The state also benefits extensively because of these operations. Unlicensed websites eat away at their profits and create undue risks for the players. Recently, the DGE forced Bookmaker and BetOnline to stop their operations within the state. The prominent bookmakers offered betting services to users without getting a state license. The companies refunded users’ pending wagers.