New jersey regulator fines online casino for underage gambling

PlaySugarHouse online casino gets in trouble, agrees to pay $30,000 underage gambling fine in New Jersey
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has slapped a $30,000 fine on the operator of the PlaySugarHouse online casino for letting underage players gamble for over a year.

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Rush Street Interactive, the digital arm of casino operator Rush Street Gaming, entered the New Jersey online gambling space through a partnership with Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino. The two operators launched the PlaySugarHouse online casino in late 2016. Rush Street Gaming operates SugarHouse Casino in neighboring Pennsylvania.

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The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement levied the fine on January 7 and made it public this past Wednesday. The gambling regulator said that PlaySugarHouse let underage players gamble on the website in the period between November 2016 and January 2018.

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Young patrons were able to place bets online due to a glitch in the online casino’s account opening software that did not record gamblers’ birthdates accurately. The New Jersey gambling regulator explained that instead of recording players’ dates of birth, the software allowed a three-year variation in the precise date, thus making it possible for people aged between 18 and 20 to open accounts and place wagers.

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As many as 13 people aged between 18 and 20 were able to register with the casino and gamble as a result from the software malfunction. The legal age for gambling in New Jersey is 21.
The erring gambling operation was levied a $30,000 fine by the state gambling regulator. Kerry Langan, a spokeswoman for the Division of Gaming Enforcement, said Wednesday that the fine was the first one for underage gambling to be issued by the regulatory body since online gambling became legal in the state in late 2013.

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Rush Street Interactive Reported the Glitch
Rush Street Interactive said yesterday that it had itself discovered the software misconfiguration and self-reported it to the division. The company then took quick actions to correct and prevent further incidents of underage gamblers placing bets online.

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This has not been the first time a Rush Street Gaming operation has been in trouble for underage gambling. In 2017, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued a hefty $100,000 fine to the casino operator and its SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia for failing to prevent underage gamblers from entering the venue and wagering there.
The levy was among the biggest ever issued to an erring casino in Pennsylvania. The state gambling regulator penalized Rush Street and its casino operation for five incidents of underage gambling in 2016 that involved ten individuals.

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