New Jersey Looking To Minimize Online Gambling Addiction Problems
Gambling addiction is one of the most crucial issues the casino industry faces. Believe it or not it is not in the interest of gaming companies to produce players that become “gambling junkies” and lose everything. The social effects of a problematic gambler are huge and always affect a wider social circle other than just the individual gambler.
One of most dynamic sectors of gambling is that of internet gambling and mobile gambling in particular. While in the past any time you wished to have a flutter you would have has to venture out to a brick and mortar casino, today it is as simple as installing a casino app on your mobile device and you are now set to go wherever and whenever you choose. The proliferation of mobile gambling has also attracted the younger audience which has led to concerns being raised as to the growing younger gambling sector.
The U.S. online gambling market is one of the most followed in the last year as more and more states are looking to capitalize on the easing of online gambling restrictions which have been lifted. New Jersey is one of three states already in full swing with online gambling and officially launch on Nov.26.
One of the key concerns for legislators and anti-gambling bodies was to ensure that online gambling does not lead to a flood of gambling addiction problems. In order to tackle this issue they have extended their self-exclusion list which now includes online gamblers as well. Currently one is able to put oneself on a list which ensures that you are not allowed to enter any of the 12 Atlantic City casinos.
The state Gaming Enforcement Division is now automatically extending this list to online gambling. Players will also have the option of signing up only for online gambling should they so choose. In effect it means that should a person who is on the self-exclusion list gamble by sneaking into a casino they are likely to forfeit their winnings. People will have the choice to ban themselves anything from one to five years in which they will not be allowed to enter casinos.
The current executive director of New Jersey’s Council on Compulsive Gambling, Donald Weinbaum, summed up the idea behind the self-exclusion list,” For persons experiencing problems as a result of their gambling, self-exclusion can be a very useful tool.”