N.J. to become 3rd state to OK online gambling
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. | New Jersey is allowing adults in the state to click a mouse or swipe a screen for a chance to win money, making it the third state to offer online gambling.
A five-day trial period of Internet gambling began Thursday night when players invited by casinos to test their systems made real-money bets online.
If all goes well, Internet gambling will be available to gamblers in New Jersey starting Tuesday. The only other states with online gambling are Nevada and Delaware.
It wasn’t going so well for Joseph Brennen. The unemployed bartender from Ventnor was excitedly trying to log on to any gambling site that would take him. Sitting in a McDonald’s, with the Atlantic City Boardwalk casinos glittering in the distance, he kept getting security messages saying complex technology designed to ensure all players are within New Jersey’s borders didn’t believe he was in the state and were shutting him out.
It was a possible scenario detailed by The Associated Press in a weekend story quoting online gambling officials who said they moved their “online fences” away from the state’s borders to ensure that players from other states couldn’t get online to gamble.
So Mr. Brennen drove 5 miles inland and 5 miles north to a highway rest stop, where he still encountered difficulty getting online.
“Over there, I was being told I wasn’t in New Jersey,” he said. “Here, it’s not telling me yes or no.”
The seven casinos approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement collectively offered 14 websites where customers can make real-money bets. The participating casinos 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 test period was established to determine the effectiveness of sophisticated technology designed to ensure that all gamblers are in New Jersey and at least 21 years old. The test also will evaluate electronic payment technology and the integrity and functionality of the casino games.
Online betting will mark the biggest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since casino gambling began in 1978.