The state of New Jersey isn’t taking kindly to violations of its gambling regulations. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) recently released its bimonthly regulatory decisions. It fined numerous establishments for lax policies and irresponsible operations.
Who gets the fines?
Scientific Games received a $100k penalty by the New Jersey DGE. Their SG Digital division, which operates in the state as NYX Digital Gaming allegedly ran unapproved versions of three games for which the regulator imposed a monetary penalty on November 18. According to the Press of Atlantic City, SG Digital provided these games to the public in January this year through its digital partners. The games were available until March until the company conducted an internal audit and found an issue.
The ruling came just two days after the DGE slapped a $10k penalty on the company for “multiple regulatory violations.” It also orders British gambling operator William Hill to pay a penalty of $26,500. The company allegedly took action on 16 gamblers who opted for self-exclusion and didn’t want to wager further. It has also ordered the company to forfeit over $5k which it received from the 16 gamblers.
More companies get penalized
Cloud-based platform Gig Core (previously known as iGaming Cloud) was also slapped with three different penalties. The platform, operated by the Gaming Innovation Group, was ordered to pay $7k for inducing self-excluded gamblers to open accounts on their platform and start betting.
They ordered a second penalty for $2k for operating games with unapproved features. The company also failed to generate wagering summary reports and patron account reports for Hard Rock Atlantic City. It also penalized the company for its inability to recover slot tournament data post a system crash. The company also failed to notify the DGE that it had fixed the error.
The DGE imposed a $5k penalty on PokerStars as the company lost poker hand history data for two hours. GAN, a software supplier will pay $1k for failing to ensure the adequate performance of websites. Big names like Caesars Entertainment were also on the list. Two of their casinos will now have to forfeit more than $8k. Prohibited individuals deposited these funds with the casinos.
With numerous penalties and fines, the DGE is sending a message that it takes sports gambling regulation and customer protection very seriously. Note that New Jersey is currently one of the hottest gambling markets in the US.