Betting Apps Go Down In New Jersey, Beyond With Geolocation Issues

Posted By Jessica Welman on October 22, 2020 - Last Updated on December 29, 2020

This is a breaking story. It will be updated as new information is available.

Online betting sites and apps across New Jersey — and in other locations with online gambling — went down on Thursday night due to issues with geolocation.

A company called GeoComply works with nearly every regulated online gambling operator in the United States for geolocation services. States require their gambling apps to be only accessible within state borders and rely on geolocation.

A GeoComply spokesperson confirmed that the issues were with GeoComply and issued the following statement:

“Last night, we encountered an unexpected network communications error, which our team responded to and remedied immediately. We have alerted all affected clients, and they are aware of the issue and the steps that were taken to resolve it as quickly as possible. The incident was a completely isolated internal network issue, and in no way was it a cybersecurity vulnerability.”

Poker players were among the first people to take to Twitter noting the problem.

 

It initially seemed as though Nevada was unaffected, but multiple players in Nevada, including Jordan Cristos and Matt Affleck, reported location issues on WSOP.com as well. The issue is a coast-to-coast one, with confirmed outages in New Jersey, Indiana and Oregon.

Geolocation services out for every NJ online betting app

The problem extended to sports betting as well, as noted as by one gambler in New Jersey:

Operators were quick to take to Twitter to confirm that there was an issue but did not offer much in the way of an explanation or a timeline for when things would be back online:

After pausing tournament action, Partypoker elected to cancel tournaments disrupted by the outage.

On Friday morning, PokerStars tweeted regarding the outage:

As of Friday at 12 p.m., WSOP.com still had not responded to how the site would handle the outage. The site was in the middle of an online Circuit series, which means Ring events were affected.

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A graduate of USC and Indiana University, Jessica Welman has long been involved in the poker industry and online gambling. She has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and as the managing editor for WSOP.com.

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