Gaming affiliate website OddsShark has been subject to regulatory action from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement after it was found to be promoting unlicensed internet gaming and sports betting websites to the Garden State’s residents. Consequently, OddsShark has been ostracized from the business, with the Division forbidding all New Jersey casinos and internet gaming providers from doing any trade with the firm.
Furthermore, the affiliate also faces the prospect of criminal proceedings, with the Department having submitted details of the breach to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice.
The news was delivered to OddsShark by way of notice from Anthony V Strangia, Deputy Attorney General at the DGE which read: “The Division has accessed your website and found that, alongside promotional links to authorized New Jersey online gaming and sports betting websites, your website also promotes bovada, betonline and 5dimes among others, which offer unauthorized internet gaming and sports betting to New Jersey residents.
“The Division will not license or register any company that is promoting illegal sites, as this activity negatively affects that company’s good character, honest and integrity. Additionally the Division has instructed all New Jersey internet gaming and sports betting providers that they must cease doing business with any affiliate that promotes illegal gaming sites, regardless of whether the provider and affiliate are promoting New Jersey activity or activity in other jurisdictions.”
It continued: “In addition, you may be violating the criminal laws of the State of New Jersey. By copy of this letter, the Division is instructing all New Jersey casinos and internet gaming providers that they must cease doing any business with OddsShark.com, regardless of whether the platforms are promoting their New Jersey activity or activity in other jurisdictions. Additionally, the Division has also copied the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice on this letter so that it may consider taking appropriate action.
“This letter shall serve as official notice that your website, by offering unauthorized online gaming and sports betting links, is promoting activity that is contrary to New Jersey and federal law. We request that you immediately remove any online gaming links that are not authorized under federal law or under the law of any state. The state of New Jersey reserves the right to pursue appropriate civil or criminal sanctions against you if you fail to take the requested actions.”