Geo-location Technology Blocks Players from Online Gambling Sites

Some people in New Jersey found themselves unable to access online gambling sites this week as geo-location technology that misread their location blocked them from online gambling sites.

New Jersey’s Internet gambling law requires that gamblers be physically located in the state. The State of New Jersey is using sophisticated geo-location technology to ensure that all those who partake in online gambling are physically located inside New Jersey. However, some glitches in the software functioning was experienced, and players who are located near the state borders were denied access to gambling sites.

Lisa Spengler, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, said regulators are “not overly concerned” with geo-location issues after the first night and mishaps were expected, but will be worked through during the next few days.

“It is better to have instances of people in New Jersey being blocked, than instances of people being able to gamble from outside of New Jersey,” she said.

The State is still undergoing a trial period, so officials are not too concerned, but have already began implementing certain adjustments. “We are using the soft launch for exactly what it was intended for — to test,” said Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata. He said his casino would not be online Friday night except for a handful of invited guests. A decision regarding when the public will be allowed to gamble online will be made based on this trial-run.

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