Gaming giant PokerStars has been fined $1,000 for a technical glitch on its platform that saw two customers able to gamble $500,000 despite being self-excluded from sites in the state.
The company was served with a Notice of Violation by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, along with a $1,000 fine for the error. The incident actually happened back in 2019, and only affected two gamblers.
The first had asked to be self-excluded from the site after a six-month cool-off period, only to get access to his account. He then gambled for ten months, placing $550,000 in casino bets along with $91,000 in poker wagers. He deposited $11,450 and cashed out just $112.97. The second gambler affected didn't actually gamble after getting access to their account.
In addition to being made to pay the fine, PokerStars will also have to give up their profits from the customer. This isn't the first time that the DGE has fined PokerStars, as the company previously paid a $25,000 fine for allowing out-of-state players to get in on the action in 2017 and $10,000 in 2019 for taking bets on prohibited events.