April 2, 2015--Last week the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released the Responsible Gaming Internet impact report for the first year of authorized Internet gaming in New Jersey. This is the first in a series of four annual reports required by N.J.S.A 5:12-95.18. This study is the first comprehensive examination of online betting patterns and responsible gaming features in the United States.
The Division assisted Lia Nower, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, with compiling the necessary data for this report, which focuses primarily on a statistical analysis of the first year of Internet gaming in New Jersey as well as the use of responsible gaming features such as deposit limits, time limits, loss limits, cooling off periods, self-exclusion and their effect on Internet gambling behavior. Subsequent reports will focus on play patterns, the use of responsible gaming controls as well as the prevalence of problem Internet gaming in New Jersey.
“New Jersey is one of the first states to regulate Internet gaming and to focus on developing a responsible gaming framework that is based on actual evidence. This gives us a unique opportunity to really understand how players bet, who sets limits on play, and what indicators are important for reduction of harm going forward,” said Dr. Nower.
Subsequent reports will be issued the first quarter of each calendar year as specified in a Memorandum of Agreement between the Division, Rutgers Center for Gambling Studies and the Department of Human Services. A copy of the report can be found on the Division’s website atwww.njdge.org.