TRENTON, N.J. – Popular sportsbook DraftKings has run into some trouble in New Jersey after the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) fined the sports betting operator $10,000 for self-exclusion violations.
According to the DGE, DraftKings sent promotional mailings to 11 self-excluded patrons, a clear violation of the New Jersey regulations.
As such, the DGE was quick to take action against the sportsbook, which has been fined for similar violations in the past. The DGE is active with holding operators responsible in the legal sports betting market.
This is not the first time that the popular sportsbook has seen similar penalties for violating self-exclusion requirements.
In February, the sportsbook was found in violation of the New Jersey sports betting regulation again for marketing to self-excluded individuals. Then they were fined $500.
DraftKings also saw a $4,000 penalty in Indiana for similar violations in March.
What Is Self-Exclusion
Self-exclusion is when an individual is believed to be gambling too much, so the DGE makes all gambling sites unable to target them or accept payments from them, usually a minimum six-month hiatus. This can be triggered by the individual themselves, a loved one who notices harmful behavior, or a gambling operation.
The purpose of the self-exclusion is to help combat problem gambling and gambling addiction. New Jersey regulations specifically state that exclusion of persons should be barred from gambling activities, which has been violated by DraftKings promotional teams.
’Excluded person’ means any person who has been placed upon the list by preliminary or final order of the Division and who, pursuant to section 71 of the Act and this chapter, is required to be excluded or ejected from a casino hotel or a sports wagering lounge facility or from participating in Internet gaming,” reads the New Jersey gambling laws.
Due to the automatic nature of the promotional materials, it is common for errors to occur and for self-excluded individuals to still be marketed towards.
DraftKings continues to work towards a system that successfully avoids targeting self-excluded individuals. In the meantime, the DGE is quick to respond to all violations.
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