Addicted to the casinos? NJ offers virtual way to self-exclude
New Jersey has announced two new tools to assist people who fear that they're addicted to gambling.
Live now are a toll-free number and a video conferencing option for individuals who want to block themselves from legally gambling any further.
At 1-833-788-4DGE, individuals can contact the Division of Gaming Enforcement to learn about and initiate the self-exclusion process for online and/or in-person betting.
Users can use the phone call to a set up an in-person appointment with DGE staff, or they can take advantage of the second new tool, a video conference with DGE personnel.
"The efforts announced today (Monday) underscore our commitment to helping problem gamblers by expanding the entry points for self-exclusion and other methods to receive assistance," said Attorney General Matthew Platkin.
There's also an online form for individuals who want to self-exclude, but that's specifically related to internet wagers. Until now, in-person visits were required for self-exclusion from brick-and-mortar casino gambling.
April 2023 was the second-highest grossing month, after March 2023, for New Jersey's online casinos since online play was legalized a decade ago.
New Jersey officials teased the new tools during an April announcement about a crackdown on betting advertisements.
In May, New Jersey announced Deputy Attorney General Jamie McKelvey as the state's first Responsible Gaming Coordinator.
If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.