Two New Jersey casinos have been fined for breaches of the state’s rules relating to the accepting of bets for college sports.
The Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Caesars Entertainment Corp have both been found to have violated the gaming regulations in New Jersey by taking wagers on college football games earlier in the year. The state played a pivotal role in the legalization of sports betting in the US by taking a case against the 1992 PASPA Act to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled on the case in May, siding with New Jersey, and effectively legalizing betting on sport.
Subsequently, New Jersey became one of the first states in the US to introduce sports betting regulations. But accepting bets on college sports remains illegal, as lawmakers are concerned about the potential for young athletes to be targeted by match fixers.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, which adjudicated on the case, issued a fine of $2,000 to Caesars after they ruled that the casino had taken bets relating to a football game between Rutgers and Kansas on September 10.
In a separate ruling, the Golden Nugget was handed a fine of $390 due to bets they accepted on a number of unspecified, New Jersey college football games at around the same time.
The Caesars organization provides sports betting facilities at two Atlantic City casinos, but officials have not named the venue that broke the state law.
The law applies to every university in the state, and is aimed at preventing betting on any college sports events within the state boundaries, whether they involve New Jersey colleges or not. According to officials, any customers who bet on the games are entitled to a full refund of their stakes.
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