EDITORIAL: Don’t bet on New Jersey casinos to limit your losses

EDITORIAL: Don’t bet on New Jersey casinos to limit your losses

Article brief provided by South Jersey Times
  • Editorial Board, South Jersey Times
February 11, 2024 8:54 AM
  • Editorial Board, South Jersey Times

With the nation’s most wagered-upon single-day sports event just three days away [as of Feb. 8], don’t expect any help from the gambling websites or New Jersey’s casinos in preventing you from losing your shirt.

A federal judge just dismissed a lawsuit from a self-described compulsive gambler who claimed that the Borgata, and parent company MGM Resorts International, should have dissuaded him from — instead of enticing him to — bet more and more money once it “knew” that he was addicted.

With no lack of clarity whatsoever, U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo ruled last week that New Jersey’s otherwise tightly regulated gaming halls and online platforms have no legal obligation to cut off bad gamblers (or merely unlucky ones) just because the bettor’s proclivity to place too many sucker bets is known to the casino or website operator.