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NJ DGE issues penalty packages to NYX and William Hill


The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has issued two civil penalty packages to NYX for unapproved games and regulatory violations, as well as a penalty to William Hill for self-exclusion failings.

The penalties were announced as part of the DGE director’s actions from November 16 to November 30, which also included a $5,000 penalty for PokerStars for a violation of data retention rules and a series of three penalties, totalling $11,000, for iGaming Cloud for self-exclusion failings, operating unapproved software and revenue reporting violations.

NYX, a supplier and part of SG Digital, was ruled to have deployed three games that were different to the versions tested and approved by the DGE in a docket dates 18 November. As a result, SG Digital was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000.

The DGE said in its sanction of NYX the supplier violated section 13:69D-2.3(f)2 of the New Jersey Administrative Code, which states the DGE must be provided with release notes 24 hours before any update of a game.

In addition, NYX received another fine for “multiple regulatory violations.” Among the regulations listed in the docket for this fine were employee ID regulations, a rule stipulating that casino employees must ensure software works as intended and one stating that an online gaming system shall be designed to detect and report self-excluded players.

William Hill sportsbook, meanwhile, was found to have allowed 16 self-excluded patrons to place wagers online. As a result of this, the DGE ordered William Hill to pay a settlement of $26,500.

Last month, the DGE also issued a warning to news and media outlets in the state urging them not to publicise unlicensed sports betting websites.

Writing in an open letter, DGE director David Rebuck said unlicensed sites lack consumer protections, integrity protocols and money laundering controls, which in turn puts players’ safety at risk.

In May, Gaming Innovation Group was fined $25,000 (£19,140/€22,300) by the DGE for breaching geolocation rules in the US state after violating a law that strictly limits operators to only taking bets from people who are inside the state.