Online Casino Sites Licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE)
The Division of Gaming Enforcement was created in 1977 pursuant to the Casino Control Act, N.J.S.A. 5:12-1 et seq., to ensure the integrity of the casino gaming industry in the State of New Jersey. Its mission is to protect the public interest by maintaining a legitimate and viable industry, free from the influences of organized crime, and by ensuring the honesty, good character and integrity of casino owners, operators, employees and suppliers.
The Division carries out this mission through enforcement of the Casino Control Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder, which require a strictly regulated and financially sound industry. The Division’s oversight includes investigations, inspections, audits, and criminal and regulatory prosecutions.
Functions of The Division of Gaming Enforcement
Investigation of license applicants: Casino licenses are mandatory for business and individual owners, managers, employees and service industries. The Division conducts investigations of all license applicants and reports its findings to the Casino Control Commission (CCC). The CCC has the authority to grant or deny a license at a public hearing. Licenses are granted only to persons or entities that meet the suitability criteria of good character, honesty and integrity.
Enforcement: The Offices of Regulatory Enforcement and Regulatory Prosecution are responsible for enforcing the laws of the Casino Control Act (the Act) and the Rules and Regulations of the CCC (the Regulations), including: accounting and internal controls, gaming rules, gaming equipment, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division rules, simulcasting, advertising, on-premises and off-premises storage facilities, underage gambling and underage drinking, exclusion list violations, non-compliance by casino employees, customer complaints, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) complaints, information systems integrity, security and CCTV surveillance, and other matters related to the day-to-day operation of the casino. The Bureaus investigate and prosecute violations of the Act and Regulations.
Oversight of Casino Operations: State DGE investigators monitor daily casino operations on-site and around-the-clock to ensure regulatory compliance and investigate violations. In addition to dealing with regulatory matters, criminal law enforcement matters unique to casinos are handled by the New Jersey State Police, assigned to the DGE, and prosecuted by the Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Casino Prosecution.
Slot Laboratory – Technical Services Bureau: (TSB) ensures the integrity of electronic gaming equipment, including all slot machine operations, within the State of New Jersey. The TSB is responsible for the enforcement of all laws and regulations governing electronic gaming equipment in accordance with the Casino Control Act and the Rules and Regulations promulgated thereunder.
TSB’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: testing and evaluating electronic gaming equipment, testing and evaluating manufacturers’ prototype equipment, analyzing and verifying slot machine jackpot payouts to casino patrons, verifying operational integrity, inspecting casinos, and ensuring the safety and proper accounting of slot machines and electronic equipment within the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey.
TSB engineers test and approve all electronic games before they can be used in Atlantic City casinos, and TSB statisticians evaluate the odds, payouts and fairness of all new games. Gaming equipment specialists inspect electronic gaming equipment once it is approved for play and throughout the time it is used or stored in New Jersey.