Online Casino Fined For Underage Gambling

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A New Jersey-based online casino has been hit with a $30,000 fine this month after admitting it had allowed underage gamblers to avail of its services. PlaySugarHouse, which is part of Rush Street Interactive, was hit with the fine by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement after it was revealed that underage gamblers had managed to access the site for over a year.

The gamblers were able to stake bets on various online casino games including Poker, Roulette and BlackJack.

Software Glitch

An investigation by gambling regulators revealed that underage players were able to gamble on the site between November 2016 and January 2018. A glitch in the casino’s account-opening software was blamed for the failure to accurately record the birthdates of gamblers. Instead of recording players’ actual dates of birth, the software allowed for a variety of precise dates for up to three years.

This made it possible for players between the ages of 18-20 to place wagers after opening accounts. The legal age for casino gambling is 21 in New Jersey.

It is believed that as many as 13 underage gamblers managed to register with the casino due to the software malfunction. The fine is the first of its kind to be issued by the Division of Gaming Enforcement since gambling was legalised in the state back in 2013.

Self-reported Issue

A spokesperson for Rush Street Interactive revealed that the glitch had been identified in-house. An ethical decision was made to self-report the problem to officials, and the company acted as quickly as possible to prevent any further incidents of this type from happening again. The news comes just two years after Rush Street was hit with a hefty fine from preventing underage gambling in Pennsylvania – a state with much stricter licensing laws, and larger fines.

After that incident, a $100,000 fine was levied on the casino operator by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The fine is believed to be one of the largest ever issued to a casino in the area and was announced after Rush Street had breached regulations by allowing five incidents of underage gambling which involved up to ten individuals.