Online payment services and geolocation company CAMS has identified players from 23 US states that attempted to access New Jersey’s online gambling service on the first night of its test launch.
According to the Associated Press news agency, geolocation technology such as that offered by CAMS halted any attempts by such players to access the service, which is nearing the end of a five-day trial period before a full service launches tomorrow.
CAMS provides the geolocation technology to the Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos in New Jersey, as well as age verification technology to the Borgata Hotel Casio and Spa in the state.
Matt Katz, CAMS’s chief executive officer, said the attempted access highlighted the need for such technology to be on place in order to keep out-of-state gamblers from illegally accessing online gambling.
However, as reported by iGaming Business last week, although this method was successful in denying access to out-of-state gamblers, the technology also halted some players within New Jersey’s borders from accessing online gambling on the first night of the five-day trial period.
During the trial, gamblers have reported problems on 14 of the 17 licensed websites, with geolocation being cited as the most common issue.
Lisa Spengler, spokeswoman for New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, said that regulators were not “overly concerned” about geolocation problems encountered on the first night of the test.
“It is better to have instances of people in New Jersey being blocked, than instances of people being able to gamble from outside of New Jersey,” she said.
Spengler also said the problems reported by some users “seem to be routine and not evidence of any system-wide issues”.