The New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division has announced it is to extend its self-exclusion list in order to allow people to ban themselves from online betting.
The Associated Press news agency reported that with online betting due to become fully regulated in New Jersey on November 26, concerns had been raised over a possible increase in problem gambling.
The state already allows people who believe they have a gambling problem to place their names on a list of those who are not allowed to enter New Jersey casinos.
This list will now be extended to cover online gambling, with people already registered on the land-based list automatically included on the internet betting self-exclusion list. People can also sign up for an online-only ban.
Individuals can sign up for one-year or five-year terms, in which they will be not be permitted to enter casinos and, for the online list, engage in internet gambling.
“The division is committed to promoting responsible gaming not only in Atlantic City’s casinos, but also on the internet,” the Gaming Enforcement Division’s director, David Rebuck, said.
People can sign up at various locations throughout the state, including the division’s offices in Atlantic City and Trenton, as well as the offices of the New Jersey Racing Commission in Trenton, East Rutherford, Oceanport and Freehold. Individuals can also sign up online.
People who sign up for the list can also access a free consultation with a compulsive gambling counsellor via phone or the 800gambler.org website.