NJ gambling regulators fine online operators $150,000
New Jersey gambling regulators are in nothing short of a giving mood this holiday season. Acording to a report by PressofAtlanticCity.com, The state Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) dinged SG Digital, PokerStars, iGaming Cloud, GAN and William Hill Sports Book on a range of violations that cost anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000. Though none of the operators’ shortcomings were particularly egregious, the message that the Garden State plays by the rules was sent pretty clearly to the world.
Leading the pack with $110,000 worth of fines on two separate complaints was SG Digital, a division of Scientific Games. The $100,000 fine was issued for, “deploying three games that were not the versions tested and approved.” The unapproved games were Zeus III, Epic Monopoly II and 88 Fortunes. Gambling regulators also hit the company with an additional $10,000 for a variety of smaller issues that came up during an audit in March.
An NJ-based William Hill sportsbook caught $26,000 worth of fines for allowing 16 self-excluded players to wager via their NJ-facing online gambling sites.
PokerStars, who work in partnership with Resorts Digital, picked up $5,000 worth of fines for failing to permanently retain players’ hand histories. In this instance, PokerStars actually turned themselves in for the violation.
iGaming Cloud picked up $11,000 worth of fines on three separate complaints for infractions ranging from failing to retain the results of a slots tournament to failure to produce patron account summary and wagering summary reports for a particular day.
All told, none of the infractions brought up by the DGE to online gambling operators were particularly serious. What do they do show is the level of detail that’s required for operators to stay in compliance with local regulations and the fact that NJ regulators take those rules very seriously.
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