The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) is setting strict guidelines to ensure online gambling stays within state lines. So strict, in fact, that residents located near the state's borders may be blocked from the action when the market launches next week.
Because New Jersey law requires verification that an Internet gaming customer is physically located in the state before they can play, technology companies working with casinos have installed "digital fences" on the state's borders to block outsiders from accessing New Jersey's online gambling services. This will result in several "no play zones" inside the Garden State, and the DGE has warned some New Jersey residents that they may need to move away from the border in order to participate in online gambling.
"Unfortunately for some people, there may not be sufficient verification that they are in New Jersey — even if they are — and they’ll be denied,” David Rebuck, director of the DGE, told the Associated Press. "It’s an unavoidable consequence."
New Jersey's real-money online gambling trial run will begin on Nov. 21, and a full launch is scheduled to roll out on Nov. 26. During the five-day trial period, operators will be watched closely as they test identity verification systems, geolocation systems, and transaction processing systems. Operators are in the process of selecting pre-registered players to participate in their real-money gaming trial period beginning Thursday.