Governor Christie Approves Mobile Casino Games in NJ
- 08/14/2012By Maria McCoyGoogleThis past week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie passed a bill within the state that allows for the playing of online casino games, including sports betting, on mobile devices at Atlantic City casinos.
The legislation specifies that casinos will be able to give players their own authorized mobile devices when a pre-paid account is created with the casino. Games that are also authorized will be able to be accessed.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Jim Whelan, said that it was imperative to pass this law as casinos in New Jersey are vital to the economy of the southern part of the state. He stated that from a regulation standpoint, the state government needs to give the casinos the flexibility to adjust to new available technologies.
Before the new bill can move ahead, the Division of Gaming Enforcement is planning to establish regulations to govern mobile device gaming. A representative of the Division said this would likely take place by the end of the year.
Casino operators expressed skepticism on the new legislation, stating that they would examine it more closely.
Tropicana Casino and Resort president Tony Rodio, who also leads the Casino Association of New Jersey, said, “I don’t think it’s a big game changer. It’s similar to Internet gaming but within the four walls.”
He continued, “We’ve already seen handheld, mobile gaming devices being successfully implemented at facilities in Las Vegas, and now these gaming devices will be coming soon to casinos in Atlantic City. By keeping pace with new technology and new advances in gaming, we can make sure that Atlantic City is on a level competitive field with our main competitor to the West.”