Six Atlantic City casinos were granted permission to open their websites to citizens in New Jersey at midnight.
This is the result of a successful test period which began five days ago on November 21st, during which time the operations which were put in place to ensure that online gambling would be safe and secure were assessed. Despite some geolocation glitches the pre-launch was declared a success. Subsequently, New Jersey has launched an entirely new industry nine months after Gov. Chris Christie signed a law permitting it.
“For the general public to understand, after midnight tonight, the casinos will offer their games to anybody in the state who wants to register or wants to attempt to register,” said David Rebuck, the director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. Rebuck added that few major regulatory problems or technical barriers were identified.
Nevertheless, some banking companies still have to amend their rules. Many banks and credit card companies have delayed offering financial services to the online gambling industry.
But Rebuck said that these setbacks will not determine the fate of the online gambling industry. “People ask me, ‘Well, you’re going to have a meltdown, a failure in the way Obamacare is happening?’ I hear that all the time. People ask me that,” Rebuck said. “There are so many distinctions; it’s almost incredible I have to answer it. But iGaming is an entertainment function. That’s not a core life responsibility. There are instances when people in New Jersey are being blocked. I understand that.”
New Jersey has been in the process of legalizing online gambling for nine months, beginning in February when Gov Chris Christie signed the legalization bill in February.
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