The guidelines set by states to allow legal, regulated real-money gambling ensure that gambling remains inside the states borders but at times that location verification software wreaks havoc with a player's ability to be recognized as being within the state. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has set very strict guidelines to maintain the integrity of the system, and it is so strict that residents who are located near the state's borders may not even be able to enjoy the action next week when the market launches.
New Jersey has "digital fences" protecting the borders of the state — installed by technology companies that are working with casinos — to ensure that an Internet gaming player is physically located inside the state's boundaries. The 'digital fences' will keep outsiders from accessing New Jersey's online gambling services. The downside? The DGE is warning New Jersey residents that they may be residing within one of the "no play zones" inside the Garden State and if those residents want to play, they need to move away from the borders.
"Unfortunately for some people, there may not be sufficient verification that they are in New Jersey — even if they are — and they’ll be denied,” David Rebuck, director of the DGE, told the Associated Press. "It’s an unavoidable consequence."
The trial run for New Jersey's real-money online gambling launch begins on November 21st with a full launch scheduled to open the virtual doors on November 26th. The five-day trial period will find operators under the virtual microscope where everything is tracked and traced as identity verification systems, geolocation systems, and transaction processing systems are tested. Pre-registered players are being selected by operators to play in the real-money gaming trial period that kicks off on Thursday.