Presentation of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement

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Who Regulates Gambling in NJ?

Legal online gambling in New Jersey is presided over by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. Established in 1977 under the Casino Control Act, N.J.S.A. 5:12-1 et seq, the NJ DGE is responsible for overseeing the performance and responsibility of the entire industry statewide.

In their own words:

The mission of the NJ DGE is to protect the public interest by maintaining a legitimate and viable industry, free from the influences of organized crime, and assuring the honesty, good character and integrity of casino owners, operators, employees and vendors.

The Division performs this mission through enforcement of the Casino Control Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder which mandate a strictly regulated and economically sound industry. Oversight by the Division includes investigations, inspection, audit and criminal and regulatory prosecution.

NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement Mission Statement

All aspects of gambling regulation in NJ and supervision of performance standards falls with the NJ DGE. The role the agency plays in the wider industry and its activities is somewhat complex, though the primary duties of the NJ DGE fall within four main categories:

License Applicant Investigations

It is the responsibility of the NJ DGE to fully investigate all applicants for gambling licenses in the state of New Jersey. Extensive background and character checks are implemented to ensure the licenses are exclusively granted to individuals and entities that can prove themselves as honest, reputable and capable of running a responsible business.

Regulatory Enforcement

This is the arm of the NJ DGE that is responsible for ensuring all rules, regulations and state policies that concern gambling (online or otherwise) are followed at all times. Examples of which include adequate provision of security coverage, functional gaming equipment, clear provision of rules for all games, secure storage facilities, underage gambling and drinking attention, effective handling of complaints and so on. Any suspected violations must be investigated fully and independently assessed.

Monitoring Casino Operations

The day-to-day monitoring of all major casino operations also falls under the jurisdiction of the NJ DGE. Along with ensuring regulatory issues are identified and addressed, the NJ DGE also works directly with New Jersey State Police to prevent criminal activity and to ensure those breaking the law are prosecuted and brought to justice.

Slot Laboratory - Technical Services Bureau (TSB)

Extensive checks are implemented on a regular basis to ensure the integrity of all electronic gaming equipment, not limited exclusively to slot machines. The NJ DGE’s Slot Laboratory checks the performance of the random number generator (RNG) technology used by online casinos, the accuracy of the return to player (RTP) percentages of electronic games and the general consistency/performance of all games.

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

New Jersey’s Self-Exclusion Program

"The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey works collaboratively with the DGE to offer the self-exclusion program covering Internet as well as land-based casino gambling. This can be a very valuable tool for individual’s struggling with problems as result of their gambling.”

The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement also works closely with the state’s Council on Compulsive Gambling, offering a self-exclusion program for anyone concerned about their gambling habits. Free consultations are available anytime by calling 1-800-GAMBLER helpline, or contacting the CCG through its website at www.800gambler.org.

Contact the NJ DGE

Detailed information on the responsibilities and recent activity of the NJ DGE can be found at https://www.nj.gov/oag/ge/index.html

For Inquiries or Complaints call 609-984-0909 or email info@njdge.org

The NJ DGE is based at 1300 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

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