Establishment of No-Play Zones along NJ Borders Regarded as Necessary
This early, geo-location service providers for approved Atlantic City online casinos are giving a heads-up about certain limitations imposed as far as the areas located along NJ’s borders are concerned. Although the geo-location companies have the technological capability to monitor and verify positions throughout the border, they have intentionally moved their digital fences to some extent away from NJ’s geographical boundaries.
Atlantic City’s future online casino operators are wary of possible attempts to slip through digital safeguards if the virtual border fences conform exactly to the actual geographical limits. For online casinos, successful results of such attempts would mean involvement in illegal gambling operations leading to payment of potential fines. Rather than run the risk of dealing with penalties for allowing unauthorized gambling, the geo-location companies have taken the precautionary measure of establishing no-play zones along NJ’s borders, to protect their respective online gaming partners.
The distance from the border, however, tends to vary from one provider to another, as the system requires a combination of technologies working together in identifying a geo-location position. David Rebuck, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, expects that some players may be located in NJ areas that may or may not have sufficient location verification coverage, resulting in a situation in which a player is barred in one Internet-based casino but allowed access to another.
The way it is, some of New Jersey’s most populated areas such as Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken are situated along the Hudson waterfront borders, while Camden County and the city of Trenton lie along the Delaware River.