Five New Jersey casino operators have been fined a collective total of $150,000 for committing various different offences.
SG Digital received the largest financial penalty, having to pay $100,000. It was found to offer three games that were different to what the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) had approved. The three games in question were Zeus III, Epic Monopoly II and 888 Fortunes.
Rules in New Jersey state that operators’ games must be the same as the ones tested. If moderations are made, then the DGE must know about this at least three days prior to the game’s launch.
SG Digital was also sanctioned for not providing some of information needed to support its qualification for accepting players in New Jersey. This second fine amounted to $10,000.
Breaching self-exclusion boundaries
William Hill was hit with a $26,500 penalty for allowing 16 self-excluded customers to place bets. Meanwhile, iGaming Cloud had to cough up $7,000 for allowing players on its self-exclusion list to make sports betting accounts and wager from them.
iGaming Cloud in further trouble
iGaming Cloud received an additional $2,000 fine for the loss of slot tournament data. Although this was caused by a system crash, the company didn’t notify the DGE about what had happened.
The above company was also found guilty of publishing another game which had received no prior authorisation. They were fined $2,000 for this too, bringing their total up to $11,000.
PokerStars was also penalised by the DGE, after revealing that 202 of its customers’ hand histories were lost. This data was never recovered. The issue took place during a two-hour period on April 30th.
GAN was the fifth online brand to receive a fine for failing to comply with local regulation.
Staying on top of things
As New Jersey’s online gambling market continues to grow, the DGE is being proactive in making sure that compliance and player safety are maintained. Earlier this year, VegasInsider was given a warning for promoting the unregulated offshore sportsbook BetOnline.ag.
The state’s governing body also warned against the promotion of unregulated sites elsewhere. In February, sports betting affiliate OddsShark had its domain blocked in New Jersey for irresponsible advertising related to this.