How New Jersey Is Working To Combat Problem Gambling

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
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New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin has partnered with the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). This partnership is centered around efforts to combat New Jersey problem gambling. The efforts yielded two new tools that those struggling with gambling addiction can utilize. These tools are a dedicated hotline and a virtual option for self-exclusion.

NJ Lawmakers Problem Gambling Efforts Unveiled

Local New Jersey sports betting and casino gamblers can dial (1-833-788-4DGE) for more information on the process. What this does is allows locals to self-exclude from gambling in the state. They can do so either in person with a trained DGE member or via virtual video call.

Self-excluding allows individuals to remove themselves from gambling operators. They will be barred from entering retail sportsbooks and casinos and also be unable to access odds on mobile betting apps.

The DGE would put the self-excluded patron on a list that will alert all gambling operators to not engage with them. Additionally, no promotional material will be sent to these individuals. Initially, one would have to physically go to self exclude from gambling. The new tools allow those with gambling addictions to complete the process with no barriers.

“New Jersey has always been a national leader in gaming, as the first to allow casino gambling outside Nevada and the first to launch internet gaming. And we are now focusing on making our pioneering state the standard in responsible gaming practices,” said Mathew Platkin, NJ Attorney General. “The efforts announced today underscore our commitment to helping problem gamblers by expanding the entry points for self-exclusion and other methods to receive assistance.”

Nationwide Efforts Becoming More Common

This New Jersey problem gambling system from the DGE and AG represents a shift in the country. With the growing popularity of sports betting across the nation, a consorted effort has been made. Lawmakers have created stronger regulations for sports betting advertisements as well as focused on language in sportsbook promotions.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has also updated its gambling guidelines. Efforts like these across the nation only work to create a safer environment for gambling. New Jersey’s example is likely to have an impact on other markets. It would not be surprising if a similar implementation is seen nationwide.