The Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, David Rebuck, has issued a stern warning to unlicensed offshore gaming operators who target New Jersey residents on their sites.
The regulator sent the strong message during the recently concluded All American Sports Betting Summit 2019. The conference took place at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ, and it was attended by various stakeholders in the online gambling industry from the US and beyond.
In his address, the Director said that offshore operators who offer illegal wagering services to residents of New Jersey would be blacklisted and permanently barred from acquiring a gambling license in the state. The same would happen to the companies that enable them.
Rebuck issued the warning knowing that there might be illegal mobile sports betting and online casino operators present during the conference.
After issuing the stern statement to unlicensed offshore gambling sites, the Director proceeded to praise other US states that have succeeded in enacting laws to legalize sports betting since the repeal of PAPSA rule in May last year.
NJDGE renews opposition on the black market
Since the onset of New Jersey online wagering in 2013, the DGE has been faced with the challenge of curbing illegal gambling activities within the black market. The sector is comprised of offshore casinos and sports betting sites that encroach the legal market and operate without applying to be licensed in New Jersey.
Since they operate illegally, these companies do not pay taxes to the state, and this is one of the reasons why the regulator is opposed to their presence in the New Jersey online market. Besides, offshore operators are not vetted for security and safety, which poses a huge risk to players who submit their personal and financial information to their sites.
In addition to unlicensed casinos and sportsbooks, the NJDGE has also issued a stern statement to affiliate marketers who promote offshore companies on their websites.
In February, the regulatory body revoked Oddshark.com’s license for promoting authorized internet gambling and sports wagering sites that target New Jersey residents. The website had featured promotional links to unlicensed sportsbooks and casinos such as BetOnline, Bovada, and 5Dimes.
Besides revoking the affiliate’s license, the NJDGE went ahead to caution other licensees against doing business with OddsShark.com, and they also threatened legal action against the company.
NJDGE Director recognized for effective leadership
Rebuck is known for his staunch opposition to the illegal gambling market.
The regulator has been at the helm of the DGE since April 2011, and he’s since risen to become one of the most respected gaming regulators in the industry.
His effective leadership in regulating the legal New Jersey gambling market earned him recognition as the Regulator of the Year at the American Gambling Awards, which took place at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Wednesday. The event was held in association with the All American Sports Betting Summit 2019.
During Rebuck’s tenure, the NJDGE has earned the reputation for enforcing strict gaming laws and being very thorough when it comes to vetting license applications.