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Regulated online gambling in the U.S. took another step forward Tuesday when the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement introduced a new and official seal of approval that will be displayed on its legalized igaming sites.

The seal is intended to negate any confusion among New Jersey players over whether or not the site at which they are wagering their hard-earned money is legit. The DGE listed the 17 regulated online poker and gambling sites that will henceforth be identified by the official logo, and pointed out that “approvals will be issued on a rolling basis.”

In other words, we may see more sites affixed with the official DGE seal in the future. Expectations are that PokerStars will eventually make the list once it starts running in New Jersey.

The official seal is an extension of the logo used by the NJDGE previously, emblazoned with a die to the left of the letters “DGE” and encircled with the regulatory agency’s name all around. To the right of the circle – sort of in a box – are the words “Licensed & Regulated,” with the DGE website address listed underneath.

“All sites authorized to offer Internet gaming in the State of New Jersey will display this logo,” stated the DGE.

Is the Logo Necessary?

There are indications that a good portion of New Jersey residents are not even aware that online gambling is legal in their home state. And of those who are aware, some may be concerned over the possibility of visiting or patronizing a site that is not regulated.

Most of the largest unregulated poker rooms exited the New Jersey market previously, thanks to the forceful efforts of the DGE. However, the Internet being what it is, unscrupulous gaming site operators may find a way in and entice New Jerseyans to gamble on their sites. Those players need only look for the official DGE logo to know whether their funds will be safe on a regulated NJ site.

Official seals indicate safety and trust for U.S. consumers. There are no drawbacks or negatives associated with the placement of such a seal on New Jersey igaming sites. It is vital that the regulated igaming industry further distance itself from unregulated operators, and doing so with an official seal of trust is another step in that direction.

Seal the Deal

Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Resorts and the Tropicana are the New Jersey casino operators currently authorized to offer online poker and gambling in the state. The poker sites in operation are BorgataPoker.com, NJ.Partypoker.com, 888poker.com and WSOP.com.

Remember to look for the official DGE seal if you are a New Jersey visitor or resident and wish to play online poker. It verifies that your funds are secure and can only be lost by playing poorly or running into bad beats on the online poker tables, and not by some other means such as those occurring at unregulated sites such as Ultimate Bet or Lock Poker.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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