NJ Internet Gambling to Undergo 5-Day Trial Run before November 26 Launch
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) is making sure that the much-awaited launching of Atlantic City’s online wagering initiatives on November 26 will be as quirk-free as possible. In line with this, the division intends to hold a prelaunch five-day trial run starting November 21, for all online casino facilities that meet NJDGE’s regulatory requirements.
The primary goal is to make certain that all online gambling systems and offerings are accessible only to legal-aged participants and that availability will be restricted within the confines of NJ’s territorial jurisdiction. The Garden State regulators have to make sure that the geo-location and identity verification and security measures installed in the systems can effectively prevent minors, problem gamblers and out-of-state players from accessing Atlantic City’s online casinos.
The running of a so-called “soft play” period is a requirement for all AC online casinos that will receive NJDGE’s go-signal to go live on November 26. However, only a select group of invited participants will engage in “soft play” as a way of putting the online gaming systems to a test when activated and deployed in a live environment. The offerings, albeit for a dry-run mode, must be similar to the interactive games that will be furnished as real money betting options by the AC casinos in their respective web-based facility.
The NJDGE plans to publish a complete list of all approved online gambling sites including their URL; but the approval will be issued on a rolling basis. Atlantic City casinos will likewise receive the division’s list of problem gamblers currently undergoing self-exclusion program.