Amaya Fined $25k For Geolocation Failures in New Jersey
One of the key requirements for online gambling operators in the U.S. is geolocation technology. The ability for the state to accept wagers only from within predefined borders is a prerequisite for them holding a license. PokerStars owner Amaya got a reminder of the severity of breaking the geolocation requirements in New Jersey as they were fined for allowing wagers from out-of-state players.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement NJDGE fined Amaya $25,000 in a decision taken on January after an investigation revealed that a limited amount of out-of-state gamblers were allowed to wager for a short period of time before a subsequent geolocation check detected such patrons and blocked them.
The flaw in the geolocation software was updated and fixed according to the NJDGE. In a statement the DGE said they had found “sufficient legal and factual support” to justify the $25k fine imposed on Amaya.
PokerStars is not the first licensed New Jersey Operator to get a fine due to geolocation infringement as last June GAN was also fined $25k for inadvertently activating software that allowed six out of state gamblers to wager in an Android mobile app.