In the state of New Jersey, online gambling is alive and well. Players have access to online casino and poker games via a variety of brands including the WSOP, 888poker, the Golden Nugget, Borgata, the list can go on and on. Each of these operators are licensed and able to provide services in the state by being approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Applications were approved for licensing and fees paid to be involved in the industry.
Despite the fact that licensing is offered for online gaming in the state, there are still offshore sites that offer services in the region, without such licensing in place. The Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), is now ready to take action on such sites, having recently sent a letter to affiliates of such operators noting the consequences of marketing to consumers in their state.
Online Poker Report has been able to obtain a letter that is warning affiliates of illegal gaming sites that there will be consequences for marketing such sites to residents in their state. The agency has requested that affiliates remove any online gaming links from their site that have not been authorized based on state or federal law.
Any affiliates that do not do this will be subject to being banned from being affiliated with licensed sites in the state. The DGE has also sent a letter with the same information to the Division of Criminal Justice and has stated that consideration can be given to taking action against those who are in violation.
Several sites will be at risk based on the decision by the DGE to now take action against unlicensed operators. An example of a site that is operating in the state without licensing is Bovada. The brand has an online casino and poker room that can be accessed in the US, including in New Jersey, but they do not have licensing to do so.