The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has reportedly ordered a subsidiary of Rush Street Gaming to pay a fine of $30,000 after determining that it had allowed people below the age of 21 to place wagers via its domain at PlaySugarHouse.com.
Underage gambling infractions:
According to a Thursday report from CalvinAyre.com, the regulator’s January 7 ruling found that the American casino operator’s Rush Street Interactive NJ subordinate had violated sections of the eastern state’s Casino Control Act by ‘permitting individuals under the age of 21 to wager online’ up to January of last year.
It’s been reported that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement filed its complaint concerning allegations of underage gambling at PlaySugarHouse.com in June although the regulator’s inquiry had looked as far back as November of 2016, which was only two months after the online casino and sportsbetting domain launched in partnership with Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino.
As part of its investigation, the NJ regulatory body reportedly found that some 13 people between the ages of 18 and 20 had been able to establish accounts and wager via PlaySugarHouse.com although only three had gone on to deposit actual cash. The regulator moreover established that this issue had arisen from a flaw in the domain’s know-your-customer software that had ‘allowed for a three-year variation’ in the date of birth verification process.
Committed to ‘responsible gaming’:
In agreeing to pay this first-of-its-kind fine, Chicago-headquartered Rush Street Gaming told the Associated Press news service that it had alerted the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement about the defective software and that this flaw had since been rectified.
According to the statement from Rush Street Gaming…
“We take this matter very seriously. As soon as our team discovered the mis-configuration, we self-reported it to the gaming commission and took immediate action to correct and prevent recurrence. Responsible gaming is a top priority for us.”