New Jersey residents are now allowed to gamble online. Online gambling has been legalized and the state has begun implementing the new legislation which will legalize online gambling on a trial basis.
Until, November 26th, certain casinos and gaming sites which have been granted licenses to operate in the state will provide gambling services to players in New Jersey. Six out of seven casinos were given permits to conduct Internet gambling in New Jersey and began taking bets at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The casinos approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement will offer online gambling on 13 websites. Among those participating in the trial period are the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City, along with the Golden Nugget.
The purpose of the trial period is to test the effectiveness of the technology put in place to implement the safety measures. During the trial period, the age verification technology and geo-location technology will be assessed. New Jersey has been vocal about concerns around underage gambling and ensuring that players are located within the state’s borders. In addition, payment processing methods will also be assessed.
“This is a very exciting time for Atlantic City and for the gaming industry,” said Alisa Cooper, a commissioner with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. “With the dawn of Internet gaming, we are on the cusp of perhaps the biggest change — and challenge — since the first casino opened here.”
Industry commentators hope that if all goes well, during the trial, New Jersey might open up to off-shore gambling companies.
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