It appears that news has finally got out about being able to play Online Poker and casino games in New Jersey, and perhaps more than just a few people have come to the wrong conclusion. Would be gamblers from a total of 23 different states attempted to login to New Jerseys regulated online gaming sites, however, of course, only residents of the Garden State are able to do this. Anyone wishing to play on any of the 14 sites that are to be launched must be physically located within state borders and there is very strict geolocation technology being used making sure that no-one from anywhere else gets through. The technology being used has in fact come under a little fire over the past few days, as not even all New Jersey residents are able to access various sites, with error messages being received that they need to prove where they are located.
Lisa Spengler is the spokesperson for the Division of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey and she is in no way overly concerned about geotargeting issues stating that she would rather have people in the state blocked, rather than people from outside the state being allowed in. The soft launch and testing period highlighted a number of issues, and as well as the location concerns many testers were unable to deposit funds once account had successfully been opened, while other users discovered problems when trying to verify their social security numbers. Mr Joe Lupo, Senior VP of The Borgata did however correctly state that, "We are using the soft launch for exactly what it was intended for, to test."