With online gambling due to be launched very soon in the state of New Jersey the issue of compulsive gambling has yet again been brought to the table. Whilst the green light has been given for online gaming and it’s all systems go in the Garden State, there are of course many who believe that the introduction of online gambling will cause a spike in problematic and compulsive gambling. Already in place in New Jersey, as in many states, is the option to self exclude from gambling and by adding your name to a list you effectively bar yourself from entering any of the state’s 12 casinos.
The list is being extended and will include online gambling too, and anyone in the state who has concerns can simply add themselves to the list, with those people already on the land based list having already been included. There is however the option to simply self exclude from online gambling, meaning that you are still allowed to enter land based casinos. The move was made by the New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division director David Rebuck, and he stated that, “Expanding the Division’s self-exclusion program to include Internet gaming and making the application process available to the public prior to Internet gaming’s go-live date of Nov. 26, 2013, represents a commitment I made following the signing of the Internet gaming bill.” and “The Division is committed to promoting responsible gaming not only in Atlantic City’s casinos, but also on the Internet.”
By adding yourself to the list, not only does it stop you from playing online gaming in New Jersey or stop you from entering a casino, it also means that should you break those terms, and win, then your winnings need to be taken from you, and this is seen as a welcome move. This is similar to many online casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks around the world, many of which offer exclusion options, depositing limit options and account closure options. In most regulated countries online gaming sites promote responsible gambling and always offer links to assistance should the player feel that they need it.