NJ to probe sports betting tournament

The DGE will review a DraftKings tournament that took place on January 13. Credits: DraftKings

State regulators will investigate a tournament that was held over the weekend after competitors were unable to make bets on a game.

US.- The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) revealed on Monday that it will review a DraftKings tournament that was held over the weekend after some competitors were unable to make bets on an NFL playoff game, which led them to lose a US$1 million top prize.

The DGE said that entrants were restricted to betting on the two NFL games: the first game ended shortly before the start of the second one, and some bettors did not have their winnings from the early game processed in time to bet on the last one.

DraftKings released a statement in which it apologises for the situation, but argued that it had to follow its own rules: “We recognize that in the rules the scheduled end of betting coincided very closely to the finish of the of Patriots-Chargers game,” said DraftKings spokesman James Chisholm.

“While we must follow our contest rules, we sincerely apologize for the experience several customers had where their bets were not graded in time to allow wagering on the Saints-Eagles game. We will learn from this experience and improve upon the rules and experience for future events.”

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