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4 need-to-know answers about gambling in New Jersey

In the past, gambling was limited in the United States. However, in recent years, online gambling has been allowed to occur in most states. Today, New Jersey even has a few online casinos.

With the legalization of online gambling, you might think that a friendly, self-organized game of poker is legal, but it's not in most cases. Here are a few things you need to know.

1. Are you allowed to gamble online in New Jersey?

There are ways to gamble online in New Jersey while still following the law. Anyone over the age of 21 may gamble within the state as long as they are using a state-approved gambling website. While online poker has been legal in several other states for some time, New Jersey allows the full range of casino games online through the approved casino services. New Jersey began to allow these online casinos to work within the state lines in 2013.

2. Can you gamble in New Jersey from outside the state?

New Jersey's online casinos only allow bidding and bets to be placed by those within the state's boundaries. Each person who gables must be over the age of 21.

Currently, the major concern of the state is the difficulty in verifying ages and making sure all bids and bets come from within the state boundaries. This is why only a few very specific casinos have permission to run games within the state's boundaries. They include Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Resorts Casino Hotel.

Each site that is authorized to offer gambling has a license on the site from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

3. What happens if you run an unauthorized gambling operation in New Jersey?

If a person loses money to an unlawful gambling operation in New Jersey, that victim can sue to recover the losses for up to six months after the original losses occurred.

New Jersey penalizes those who operate illegal games more than those who participate in them. However, you can be charged for promoting illegal gambling.

4. Are there any forms of private gambling that are legal in New Jersey?

Yes, there are. If you were running one of these kinds of programs when you were charged, your attorney may be able to help you defend your right to hold the gambling event. Some of the approved groups who may hold gambling games as fundraisers include senior citizen associations and clubs, first aid or rescue squad volunteers, civil and service clubs, churches and religious organizations, veteran associations or educational, charitable or fraternal organizations.

In the case that you want to run a fundraiser with casino games, know that you may only have raffles, pull-tab games, casino night games with live dealers, pools and lottery games. Any other games are illegal under state law. If you're accused of running an illegal game, your defense attorney can help protect your reputation and defend your case.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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