As digital technology has evolved, you can bet that New Jersey’s laws have evolved to address using electronic devices to cheat in casinos. Gambling is big business in New Jersey, and the state has a number of laws that address the use of these devices to give someone an advantage over the casino.
The fines for those convicted of breaking these laws can run into six figures. Of course, a conviction will also mean having a criminal record.
What devices and actions do the laws address?
The offense of using a “computerized, electronic, electrical or mechanical device which is designed, constructed, or programmed specifically for use in obtaining an advantage at playing any game in a licensed casino or simulcasting facility…” is considered a second or third degree offense, depending on how much the person gained from its use. Of course, the device will be confiscated as well.
Another law addresses the use of “any cheating or thieving device, including but not limited to…electronic or magnetic devices, to facilitate the alignment of any winning combination or removing from any slot machine any money or other contents thereof.” That’s a fourth degree offense that can carry a substantial fine.
Additional laws deal with “Cheating games and devices in a licensed casino” and “Unlawful possession of device, equipment or other material illegally manufactured, distributed, sold or serviced.” These are also fourth degree offenses that can carry fines of as much as $200,000.
Assume that you’re being watched
Casinos and simulcast facilities are required to post these laws where visitors can see them. It’s safe to assume, however, that using any kind of device or app on a machine to gain an advantage in any type of game is going to land you in trouble.
You can count on the fact that surveillance cameras are everywhere in gaming locations. That may or may not be to your advantage. If you’re facing charges for using electronics to cheat or any other form of cheating, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance to protect your rights and determine the best course of action.