As tempting as it is, it’s illegal to gamble on college sports within the Garden State. In fact, regulations prohibit bets on all college games that take place in NJ. As of now, two sportsbook providers in Atlantic City’s have received fines for taking bets on college football back in September 2018. With that said, let’s jump into the details and see how they couldn’t stay away from the temptation.
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As we just learned, the Golden Nugget and Caesars Entertainment were both fined for taking bets on NJ college football back in September. As a result, the Golden Nugget had to cough up only $390 for taking small bets on several different games. Meanwhile, Caesars had to pay $2,000 as they accepted bets on the Rutgers versus Kansas game.
As harmless as it might seem, rules are in place for a reason. And speculations can form, that the fines dished out to the offenders were on a relatively low scale. Some even say they didn’t reflect the seriousness of the infraction. Although, the message from the DGE has reached the operators.
One wonders if it will keep future offenders away from the temptation? When all you get is a slap on the wrist for breaking a serious rule.
The reality is that taking bets on college sports events in NJ is not in line with regulations. In other countries, like England per example, the fines issued to operators who break the law are far more serious. Sometimes they can even reach Millions depending on the infraction.
So we can wonder if the DGE will adapt its fines in 2019. However, sports betting in New Jersey is still in its infant stage, so perhaps we’re seeing the DGE being more lenient to give time to the operators to adapt.