The gambling regulators in the US state of New Jersey have cracked down on industry operators in their state in the latest example of regulatory tightening.
Five casino operators in the state have been handed fines by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement totalling $150,000 for a range of offences.
The biggest fine was imposed on SG Digital, who were hit with a 100,000 penalty for offering three casino games that differed from the original version that the regulator had approved, namely: 888 Fortunes, Epic Monopoly II and Zeus III.
According to the rules that apply to the New Jersey gaming sector, all games offered to players must be identical to those that were tested prior to licensing. And if an operator makes any changes to the games, the regulator must be notified three days before the game is launched.
In addition to the fine for game modification, SG Digital was also fined $10,000 for failing to provide information that would properly support its qualifications on accepting New Jersey residents as customers.
UK-based operator William Hill was also fined the sum of $26,500 penalty for making it possible for 16 customers who had self-excluded to place bets on their site. And iGaming Cloud, were fined $7,000 for allowing self-excluded players to open and use sports betting accounts. Igaming Cloud were also hit with fines for losing slot tournament data, and for releasing a game that had not been authorised.
PokerStars were also penalised, for losing poker tournament data, and GAN received a fine for their failures to adhere to state regulation.
The action taken in these cases underlines the determination of the New Jersey regulator to enforce both compliance and player safety in the fast-growing market.