New Jersey Approves Mobile Online Gaming

08/13/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
Mobile online casino games scored a win in New Jersey this week when Governor Chris Christie signed legislation, which grants casinos the power to offer online casino games on mobile devices to players within the casino.
 
The bill specifies that the casinos need to be located in Atlantic City. Additionally, the casinos will have to hand out their own approved mobile devices to players who have established a pre-paid account within the casino. Once that has been done, players will be able to access a variety of approved casino games online.
 
Senator Jim Whelan was the main sponsor of the bill. He commented that he felt it was necessary to pass this legislation so that the economy of southern New Jersey, which relies predominantly on the gambling industry, could flourish in a new way from this initiative. He stated that the state government needed to give power to casinos to adapt to the changing market.
 
The process is likely to be slow however as the next step is for New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement to work to create regulations for mobile online casinos. A spokesperson of the Division stated that this would likely happen by the end of 2012.
 
Casino executive also weighed in and said that they would look at the new bill more closely to determine how it affects their business. Operators expressed their doubts that the bill would make a big impact.
 
Tropicana Casino and Resort president Tony Rodio, who also leads the Casino Association of New Jersey, said, “I don’t think it’s a big game changer.  It’s similar to Internet gaming but within the four walls.”
 
He continued, “We’ve already seen handheld, mobile gaming devices being successfully implemented at facilities in Las Vegas, and now these gaming devices will be coming soon to casinos in Atlantic City. By keeping pace with new technology and new advances in gaming, we can make sure that Atlantic City is on a level competitive field with our main competitor to the West.”
 
 
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