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Study: NJ Online Players Using Responsible Gaming Tools

Options designed to head off gambling problems in New Jersey’s online gambling industry are being taken advantage of by players, according to a Rutgers University study.

Titled “Internet Gaming in New Jersey” from the university’s Center for Gambling Studies, the study found that 94,255 people gambled online at some point in 2014, with men (72,366) making up the majority. Of the total number of gamblers, 14.23 percent took advantage of responsible gaming measures mandated by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. Options include cool-off intervals, time limits and self-exclusion periods.

The study found that players 25-34 years old used RG tools most frequently. The study found that 31.15 percent of all 25-to-34-year-olds incorporated RG features.

“The most encouraging finding from this analysis is the apparent efficacy of the limit-setting tools,” the Center for Gambling Studies stated.

But the report also said more safeguards are needed.

“RG lacks uniform branding, outreach and marketing to ensure all players are aware of the array of features available,” the paper concludes. “We would recommend that RG be included as part of registration for a player account and for continued usage for existing players.”