Golden Nugget Receives Permit to Offer Online Gambling in New Jersey

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City has been issued the second online gambling permit in New Jersey, after the Borgata Hotel Spa & Casino. As such, the casino will launch its own online gambling site next month.

The permit was awarded by the Division of Gaming enforcement.  The permits will enable  the Golden Nugget an Borgata Hotel to offer patrons online gambling services during an “invitation-only” trial period beginning on November 21st. Assuming all goes well, full-fledged Internet gambling will begin on November 26th.

“All players that desire to gamble online deserve a fair and trustworthy experience,” said Tom Pohlman, the casino’s vice president and general manager. “Rest assured, that is our customer commitment, and unlike others, we have an Atlantic City land-based casino to stand behind our online brand.”

While the online casino industry typically consists of independent online casinos which players access via a web page, NJ has kicked off its online gambling industry by allowing land-based casinos to migrate online. If this preliminary stage goes well, the state will open up to the international online casino market and allow off-shore casinos to cater to citizens in the state. In fact, renowned Gibraltar-based online gambling company Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment has already decided to partner with the Borgata to offer online gambling via two websites.

Online gambling was approved by the State of New Jersey primarily to save the struggling Atlantic City. Atlantic City’s gaming industry has declined by 44% since 2006. This has caused considerable financial difficulty for the entire city. The decline in popularity has been attributed, amongst other factors, to the opening of more casinos in places like Pennsylvania. These casinos have attracted gamblers who previously would have made a day trip to Atlantic City. Online gambling has long since been illegal in the United States, but its popularity and utility has been acknowledged. Many are hoping that if it succeeds in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada, then other states might legalise it as well.

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