NJ offers amnesty to illegal sites

NJ offers amnesty to illegal sites

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Totally Gaming
New Jersey launched legal online gambling in 2013

New Jersey regulators have given unlicensed online gambling operators an amnesty of 150 days to cease business in the state.

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) director David Rebuck said his agency will not prosecute any firm that promoted, marketed or directed New Jersey customers to illegal internet betting sites after legal internet gambling began in November 2013, provided they cease such activity in the next five months.

Rebuck said companies that continue to operate illegally risk prosecution and will not be approved for legal internet gambling in New Jersey should they apply in the future.

"It is clear that those illegal online gaming sites who accept wagers from players in New Jersey pose a significant threat to the regulation of lawful gaming," Rebuck said.

New Jersey launched online gambling for a 10-year trial period in 2013, with all licensed sites forced to link with a land-based casino.

The law imposed a 15 per cent tax on online gambling revenue, instead of the eight per cent currently imposed on casinos.
Meanwhile, New Jersey could also be set for a vote later this year concerning the expansion of casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.

Hard Rock International and the Meadowlands Racetrack have unveiled plans for a casino that would be just west of New York City, while plans for a $4bn casino complex on the Jersey City waterfront are also in the works.

Opponents worry that new casinos could cause further problems for struggling Atlantic City – which has seen takings fall by 50 per cent since 2006 - but backers of the idea believe more casinos in different parts of the state will be good for jobs and boosting New Jersey’s budget.

Supportive politicians are pushing for a vote to change gambling legislation this November, while others are calling for one in November 2016, when voter turnout is expected to be much higher because of the presidential election.

Governor Chris Christie, who backs 2015, added: “I certainly would be publicly supportive of getting this question done as soon as possible.”

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