Rush Street fined $30,000 over underage gambling

Operator penalized due to date-of-birth verification software errors

Rush Street Interactive’s PlaySugarHouse online casino has been fined $30,000 by regulators in New Jersey for allowing underage players to gamble on its site for over a year.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement confirmed that PlaySugarHouse allowed underage players to gamble online between November 2016 and January 2018.

Due to errors in the site’s account-opening process, players’ dates of birth were recorded incorrectly, with the software allowing for a three-year variation in the recorded date. These errors led to 13 individuals aged between 18 and 20 being able to register with the site and gamble. Under New Jersey laws, individuals are barred from gambling online until the age of 21.

In a statement, Rush Street Interactive confirmed it had rectified the system errors and that it “takes this matter very seriously.”

The company added: “As soon as our team discovered the misconfiguration, we self-reported it to the gaming commission and took immediate action to correct and prevent recurrence. Responsible gaming is a top priority for us.”

Rush Street Gaming partnered with the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City to launch the PlaySugarHouse casino in July 2016.

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