New Jersey Levies $150,000 in Fines Against Online Casinos

New Jersey Levies $150,000 in Fines Against Online Casinos

The Garden State remains on the forefront of the gaming industry. New Jersey has already established itself as one of the most progressive real money casino gambling states in the country. However, gaming regulators take their roles in the equation of online casinos in New Jersey rather seriously.

Why Does New Jersey Levy $150,000 in Fines Against Online Casinos?

Earlier this month, The Press of Atlantic City broke the news of $150,000 in fines levied against online casino sites. The fines were doled out to multiple gaming companies. Infractions ranged from offering unapproved online games to losing recording data. The actual fines were handed down in the month of November.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) imposed civil actions against:

  1. SG Digital
  2. PokerStars
  3. iGaming Cloud
  4. GAN
  5. William Hill Sportsbook

The violations were covered by fines of $1000 all the way up to $100,000. SG Digital was hit with $110,000 in fines by the DGE for multiple infractions. The company is partnered with Caesars Interactive Entertainment. It also works with Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Resorts Digital Gaming. SG Digital offers online games to all of Atlantic City’s casinos via its gaming platform providers.

The biggest complaint filed in August concerned three internet games that violated regulations.

They “we’re not the versions tested and approved” by state regulators. The law states that gaming software must be identical to what was tested. Regulators must be notified at least three days in advance of any change.

The three games mentioned were Zeus III, Monopoly II and 88 Fortunes. The unapproved versions were discovered by SG Digital in March. This occurred through an internal company audit.

The other $10,000 in fines were related to an October complaint. This covered “multiple regulatory violations.” The were listed as a failure to provide proper information, documentation and assurances. These pertained to regulator’s qualifications.

William Hill was fined $26,000. The sportsbook operates facilities at Ocean Casino Resort and Tropicana Atlantic City. The company also runs the sports betting operations at Monmouth Park Racetrack. That fine was related to allowing 16 “self-excluded patrons to wager online.” That complaint was filed back in August.

PokerStars has an existing partnership with Resorts Digital. That gaming company was fined $5000. It failed to record poker hand history for 202 patrons for two hours on April 30. The complaint was filed in September. A variance of $988.24 was discovered as a result of the missing data. PokerStars reported this infraction directly to gaming regulators.

Three individual complaints against iGaming Cloud led to $11,000 in total fines. A fine of $2,000 was levied for an unapproved game version. Summary reports from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City discovered this infraction. Another $2000 covered the loss of data from a slot tournament. This was a direct result of a system crash. The company was also fined $7000 for allowing self-excluded patrons to create an online account.

GAN agreed to pay a $1000 fine as part of a settlement. The company failed to ensure proper website performance. This was according to Nov. 16 order signed by the DGE director.