After ratifying legislation last year that will authorise its land-based casinos to offer online gambling services, New Jersey has announced that it intends to publish the proposed regulations governing these activities early next month.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revealed that the new guidelines for Internet wagering are to be issued via the New Jersey Register on June 3 followed by a 60-day public comment period with final adoption following review process due to take place soon after.
A special draft of the proposed regulations has also been made available via the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement’s website with the final date venues are to be permitted to begin offering wagering services set to be circulated at least 45 days before commencement.
“New Jersey has once again proven to be in the forefront of casino gaming with the development of Internet wagering regulations for all casino games,” said David Rebuck, Director for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
“I commend the staff of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement for their commitment and diligence to developing regulations that ensure both effective oversight and the integrity of operations.”
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement stated that the draft regulations include technical standards for the establishment of player integrity systems and safeguards against underage and problem gambling alongside criterion for age verification, the prevention of fraud and funding limits.
“Key operational controls and security measures are required in the regulations to ensure that patron access to the Internet is occurring within the boundaries of the state of New Jersey,” read a statement from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
“Individuals do not have to be residents of the state but must be located within the state to participate in Internet gaming through a permitted Atlantic City casino.”
The regulator declared that the proposals also provide for ‘substantial civil penalties’ for those found to be in breach of the rules including permitting those under the age of 21 to gamble.
“We are looking forward to having additional technical resources and expertise as we enter into a new era of gaming regulations and anticipate completion of this process in the near future,” said Rebuck.