The New Jersey sportsbooks have recently faced some challenges, as penalties were issued to two of them. The penalties were issued to DraftKings Sportsbook and Rush Street Interactive by David Rebuck, the Director of Division Gaming Enforcement in October.
DraftKings Sportsbook NJ received a fine of $7,500 after it was discovered that a self-excluded person was able to create a new account and place bets on it. The fine was issued due to a complaint filed in August. As for Rush Street Interactive, they were fined $2,000 for events that didn’t comply with the rules set by the regulatory body. These events occurred between March 2020 and April 17, 2020, until January 19, 2021, as well as on July 18, 2021, and September 18 of the same year. These events included unapproved events and did not meet the necessary requirements for security and surveillance equipment.
In addition to the fines, five casinos in Atlantic City and a horse racing track were deprived of more than $77,000 due to winnings by minors and self-excluded individuals. Some of the individuals failed to provide proper identification or provided inadequate information, resulting in their winnings being taken until they could prove their right to gamble. The forfeited money will be used to help compulsive gambling and provide assistance to disabled citizens and seniors.
The casinos and racing tracks affected by these fines and forfeitures, including Resorts, Ocean Casino Resort, Bally’s, Freehold Raceway, Golden Nugget, and Harrah’s, did not suffer much financial impact from the penalties. In total, they earned more than $4.2 billion in the first nine months of 2023.