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Concerns About Internet Gambling Regulations

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. February 28, 2013

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Internet gambling in New Jersey is not expected to begin for at least another three months. Regulations are still being developed to implement the law that Governor Christie signed this week.

Donald Weinbaum is executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. He’s concerned Internet wagering could lead to more gambling addiction and that young people who can’t get into a casino will try to play on the Internet.

“The technology is something they’re very comfortable with. Most young people are lot more tech savvy than others. You don’t know who’s on the other end. You can try to identify the person at sign up as best you can.”

Senator Ray Lesniak says there are safeguards.

“It’s actually easier to prevent underage people from going on line and gambling than it is showing up at casinos because the software that’s available that will require multiple identifications and questions that can be asked that would identify someone as an adult are almost foolproof.”

Assemblyman John Burzichelli expects regulators will allow online gamblers to set daily limits on their play so they don’t overdo it. He says it will be up to individuals to manage their accounts responsibly.

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