NJ to start Internet gambling Nov. 26 - FOX 13 News

NJ to start Internet gambling Nov. 26

Posted: Updated:
(AP) (AP)

By WAYNE PARRY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city's 12 casinos work properly.

The state Gaming Enforcement Division told The Associated Press on Friday that Atlantic City's casinos may begin a "soft play" period on Nov. 21 for invited guests. If all goes well, the casinos can begin full Internet gambling at 9 a.m. EDT on Nov. 26.

Gamblers would have to be physically located within New Jersey's boundaries to play. New Jersey will be the third state in the nation to offer online gambling, along with Nevada and Delaware.

"I think this is going to be a significant revenue stream," said Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates two casinos here. "It has the potential to make up 20 percent of our revenue."

He said state regulators have not yet explained how the guests who are invited to participate in the trial period are to be selected, but said it would have to be a significant enough number to test the system's capabilities.

Online gambling is designed to give the struggling casinos new revenue, though some worry the in-person business will simply migrate to computers, leading to casino job losses. Atlantic City's casino revenue has plunged from a high of $5.2 billion in 2006 to a little more than $3 billion last year and could dip below that mark by the end of this year. Thousands of casino jobs have been lost already as many gamblers choose options closer to their homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland.

Regulations governing online gambling will take effect Oct. 21.

Nine of the city's 12 casinos have acknowledged lining up partners for Internet gambling, and a 10th is widely rumored to have selected a partner, as well.

The Tropicana Casino and Resort has joined with Gamesys Limited, which runs the jackpotjoy.com website. The four casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment — Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City, Harrah's Resorts Atlantic City and the Showboat Casino Hotel — are partnering with 888 Holdings.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is partnering with bwin.party for online gambling.

Resorts Casino Hotel has joined with PokerStars, the world's largest poker website, which had tried to buy the Atlantic Club earlier this year before the deal fell apart.

The Taj Mahal Casino Resort chose Ultimate Gaming, which began offering Internet gambling in Nevada earlier this year. Trump Plaza is widely reported by industry publications to have chosen Betfair, the British online gambling firm, although neither the casino nor the company would comment.

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is offering its own brand of Internet gambling using Bally Technologies.

Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel have not divulged their online gambling plans.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Your MoneyMore>>

  • Conference call: your bathroom break

    Conference call: your bathroom break

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:47:23 GMT
    We asked several people what they do when they are on a conference call. Most of them answered: "The bathroom." Yes, according to a survey conducted by InterCall, 47 percent of 500 people admitted to taking a conference call from the bathroom.
    We asked several people what they do when they are on a conference call. Most of them answered: "The bathroom." Yes, according to a survey conducted by InterCall, 47 percent of 500 people admitted to taking a conference call from the bathroom.
  • The future of books and bookstores

    The future of books and bookstores

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:46:06 GMT
    The advent of dedicated e-readers and other devices that allow us to read electronic books has dramatically changed the publishing industry as well as the book retail industry. As an avid reader, Julee Allen is always buying books. And she prefers to buy them in person at a book store. In this age of Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers, some may call Julee and others who prefer to buy actual books part of a shrinking breed.
    The advent of dedicated e-readers and other devices that allow us to read electronic books has dramatically changed the publishing industry as well as the book retail industry. As an avid reader, Julee Allen is always buying books. And she prefers to buy them in person at a book store. In this age of Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers, some may call Julee and others who prefer to buy actual books part of a shrinking breed.
  • Using your credit card rewards

    Using your credit card rewards

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:56:50 GMT
    Cashing in your credit card points can be a great way to shop. You've earned them. But analysts say a lot of people don't use these rewards simply because they forget. Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor for thestreet.com, has some tips on how you can make sure to make the most of your rewards.
    Cashing in your credit card points can be a great way to shop. You've earned them. But analysts say a lot of people don't use these rewards simply because they forget. Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor for thestreet.com, has some tips on how you can make sure to make the most of your rewards.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices