Internet Betting Now Included in NJ’s Self-Exclusion Program for Compulsive Gamblers
In about two weeks’ time, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) will give the go signal for approved Atlantic City casinos to launch a variety of regulated online betting games within the state of New Jersey. In light of concerns over possible rise of problem gambling once online betting facilities become available in the Garden State, the division expanded its gambling self-exclusion program by including Internet wagering activities.
Those whose names already appear on the state’s exclusion list do not need to take further actions, as they will automatically appear in the expanded version. For those who are aware that they have tendencies to engage in compulsive gambling, the application process and counseling services are now available to the public. That way, they can enlist in the program before regulated Internet gambling becomes officially accessible starting November 26, 2013.
They can opt to exclude themselves from engaging in wagering activities in both land-based and online casinos or from Internet gambling activities only. In case an online player becomes aware of his or her compulsive gambling tendencies much later, he or she can sign up for self-exclusion from Internet betting activities through one’s online casino account. However, excluded players should take note that voluntary exclusion is for an indefinite period, unless one submits a “Request for Removal” from the list, after a year, at the least.
Application forms and additional information about the Self-Exclusion Program are obtainable at www.njdge.org and at the NJDGE offices in Atlantic City or Trenton. Applicants can either personally submit their application and other required documents to these offices, or mail it to the NJ Racing Commission Self-Exclusion List Processing at PO Box 088 Trenton, NJ 08625-0088.