Last week New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement outlined several key changes to its proposed Internet gaming regulations.
The regulations, which were originally published on June 3rd, are subject to a 60-day comment period prior to final adoption.
The full transcript of the latest updates can be found here.
Summarized below are some of the more interesting changes, many of which deal with security issues and cash-out policies
Given Internet gaming’s less than storied track record of dealing with security breaches, including the recent problems faced by Skrill, it comes as little surprise that the DGE is proposing more stringent security measures.
The good news is that the extra layers of authentication should mostly prevent accounts from being compromised. Couple this with the launch of PokerStars recent SMS validation system and other sites’ equivalents, and online poker in New Jersey is poised to be about as secure as it can be.
But while the increased security enhancements feel like a necessary change, the constant time reminders will likely prove a minor annoyance.
No one wants to be constantly reminded of how long they’ve been playing, and despite what the government might think, problem gamblers are not going to cease being problem gamblers based on a ticking clock or a pop-up notification. And those who are adamant about only playing a certain amount of hours rarely lose track of time.
On the bright side, at least we won’t be required to travel to AC to register our bank accounts. As someone who resides close to New York City, I can’t express in words how painful that would be.