New Jersey regulator, the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), has given players the option to voluntarily self-exclude themselves from online gaming as part of its responsible gaming initiatives.

Previously individuals that wanted to sign up for online self-exclusion had to either create an account with one of the state’s authorised iGaming sites, or apply in person at a DGE office or racetrack in the state.

Now, players seeking to voluntary exclude themselves from online gmaing in New Jersey can do so from the divison's website, njdge.org, and also via njportal.com/dge/selfexclusion.

The DGE said that the new feature is part of the regulator’s responsible gambling initiatives, and provides detailed information about the voluntary self-exclusion programme.

Once players are informed about self-exclusion and agree to all information presented, they will then be asked a series of questions to verify their identity. Players must then choose a self-exclusion term of between one and five years.

The new system allows New Jersey residents to sign up without having to access an online gaming site or travel to do so, but only covers iGaming. Those looking to register for self-exclusion from land-based venues still have to do so in person.

“The Division of Gaming Enforcement has one of the most comprehensive responsible gaming programs in the country,” DGE director Dave Rebuck said of the new feature. “We strive to be innovative and remain at the forefront of Internet gaming regulation while giving individuals options to play online responsibly, or opt out if that is the right choice for them.”

The online gaming self-exclusion registration service has been launched through a partnership between the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Information Division of NICUSA, the state's official provider of government websites.

The plans for the online self-exclusion feature was first revealed in January this year, and also allows individuals to register without having to admit to problem gambling behaviour.

Caesars Interactive is one operator to have recently fallen foul of the state's self-exclusion laws, being hit with a $10,000 fine by the regulator in November last year after it was found to have emailed promotional material to self-excluded players.

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