The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has made itself transparent and abundantly clear to illegal offshore online gaming operators. In a speech that sounded more like the Commander-in-Chief issuing a threat to a rogue Middle Eastern state, David Rebuck, Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) released a stern warning to unlicensed offshore gambling operators that offshore betting sites that feel compelled to operate without a license and try and target residents of New Jersey will be severely disappointed. As one of the most powerful and influential gaming regulators in the United States, Rebuck has been at the forefront of the charge to formally license and regulate online gambling in New Jersey since the State first allowed online wagering in February 2013. He has been a key player in guiding the introduction of online sports betting in New Jersey since the state took up the practice legally in June 2018. Rebuck doesn’t miss his mark in warning offshore betting sites Speaking at the All American Sports Betting Summit, held at the Garden State’s iconic Monmouth Park Racetrack, Rebuck renewed his strong opposition to foreign black market gaming operators. Clearly, unlicensed offshore online casinos and sportsbooks that market to New Jersey’s residents and many gambling visitors were in his cross hairs. In no uncertain terms, Rebuck warned offshore operators who accept illegal wagers and their parent companies who provide the finance and infrastructure that they will be permanently barred from entering the New Jersey Market. As the Garden State is one of only a few U.S. states that offer legal online sportsbooks and casinos gambling operations, many offshore operators are targeting players in the USA that are confused by the current legal environment, where states are currently changing their stance to online gaming on an almost weekly basis. To add weight to his words, Rebuck was almost certainly fully aware that many offshore gambling executives were in the room as he said; “A word of caution,”……..“We made a decision in New Jersey a long time ago: If you engage in taking offshore bets, or if you engage with or support companies that take bets outside of the U.S. [from American customers] with an offshore site…. You’ll never get licensed in New Jersey. So, don’t waste your time. You’ve made your bed in the past, and you’ll have to live with it for a very long time.” NJDGE raises the bar and sets the compliance standard It is estimated that at least $150 billion annually is bet illegally in the U.S., according to a study by the American Gaming Association, and as an industry leader, the NJDGE have been leading the way to clean up the gambling black market. The NJDGE’s reputation for outstanding vetting of license applications ensures the maximum extent of customer protection. If an online sportsbook or casino is in breach of its strict laws, suspicion by the NJDGE usually precipitates investigations in other states. In his speech, Rebuck also praised other U.S. states that have recently passed legislation to legalize sports wagering, most recently the likes of the states of Illinois, Tennessee and New York. With many other U.S. states also progressing with their own various brands of sports betting and online casino legalization laws, most of them will be holding up New Jersey as a guiding light to follow as they forge their way through the legal minefield. Illinois and Pennsylvania (among other states with larger populations) are destined to eventually pass New Jersey once their online gaming operations are fully implemented. However, until then, New Jersey continues to lead the way.