Problem gambling is an important issue in New Jersey. There is a state lottery, horse racing, casinos in Atlantic City, and mobile casinos, online poker rooms, mobile sportsbooks and simulcast racing available throughout the state. This makes gambling easily accessible for New Jersey residents. For some, this can become a problem.
New Jersey residents can gamble on mobile devices. This includes sports betting, horse racing, poker and casino games. Those that would prefer to not have that access may opt out of these services. Each company has a way to self-exclude on the app or by contacting support. Players that prefer to get blocked from all licensed New Jersey gambling sites may contact the state gaming commission here.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement offers a way to self-exclude from the state’s online and live gambling. A form may be filled out with the state or at one of the Atlantic City casinos. This closes accounts at all licensed New Jersey online casino, poker and sports betting sites, as well as creates a ban at all Atlantic City casinos. Players may apply for reinstatement once satisfying the amount of time under the self-exclusion.
Set playing limits
One way to control your gambling is to set time and money limits. Once your time is up, or the bankroll you set aside for the casino trip depleted, it is time to stop. Leave debit and credit cards at home to prevent temptation to go over your spending limit.
New Jersey gambling sites have safeguards for players. There is a deposit limit that may be set to day, week or month. Poker and casino sites can also set a maximum number of hours playing before a break. Players that would like a break may set a cooling off period. These options are typically found in the site’s cashier or support areas.
There is help for problem gamblers, friends, and family
There are two groups with a long history of helping problem gamblers and those close to them. It is easy to contact either by phone or over the internet.
The National Council on Problem Gambling is a group that advocates for more government spending to treat gambling addiction. It does not take a position on whether gambling online or at casinos should be legal. The National Council of Problem Gambling treats New Jersey residents. The group may be reached here.
Gamblers Anonymous is another group that helps those struggling with addiction. This includes family members and friends. Gamblers Anonymous is best known for its 20 questions. Gamblers that answer yes to at least seven of the 20 questions may have a gambling problem. The New Jersey office for Gamblers Anonymous may be found here.