Intenet gambling begins in New Jersey

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November 27, 2013 2:11:11 AM PST
Internet gambling is now underway in New Jersey.

Six casinos passed a five day trial period and got the green light. They are the Borgata, The Trump Marina and Trump Taj Mahal, the Tropicana, Ballys and Caesar's.

The Golden Nugget is fixing some bugs with its system and will join them soon.

Tuesday was the first full day of online gaming and now that most of the kinks have been worked out, casinos are excited about what this will mean for Atlantic City.

"Our weekends were fabulous, the summer time is fabulous," said Tony Rodio, Casino/Hotel Association. "We need other alternatives and other options to drive visitation is here."

And Internet gaming may be it.

In the biggest expansion of gaming since gambling came to Atlantic City instead of sitting at the tables players will be able to use computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones to play just about any game you can play in person on the casino floor.

It appeals to a whole new market.

"They have time constraints and they are certainly great at technology and be able to handle things, they'll understand this," said Steve Callender, Tropicana General Manager.

Elmer Colberg is used to playing poker online.

"Its fun," said Elmer Colberg. "It's kind of like being at the gambling tables. You focus on what you're doing and it really does make it seem like you are here."

Atlantic City casinos have seen profits plummet by about 40% over the last six years.

Internet gaming is seen as a way to turn that around, generating new dollars for the industry and the state.

"I like the slot machines. So if people play the slots, it would probably be fun and good for me," said Andrea Perruzza.

"It's more the experience of being in the casino myself that probably makes me put my hand in the pocket and pull a few bucks out. I'm not going to sit home and gamble," said Vinny Prestopino.

"It'll cause a lot of problems with people really losing a lot of money and not knowing when to stop," said Diane Colberg.

But Tom Ballance, the GM at Borgata, says there are a lot of ways to control your gaming before you even start playing.

"You have the choice of setting up a time limit for a day, you can set up weekly time limits, you can set up loss limits, you can set up wagering limits," Balance explained.

Delaware and Nevada are the only two other states that have online gaming. You must be with in New Jersey borders to play online.

Glitches with pinpointing players' locations created problems during the rollout.

Will online gaming take off?

The industry is certainly hoping so. They are counting on modern technology to breathe new life into a struggling industry.


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