17,000 bet online during NJ Internet gambling test

November 27, 2013 1:55:51 PM PST
New Jersey gambling regulators say about 17,000 people bet online during a five-day test of Internet gambling before it expanded statewide this week.

David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, says that's how many people had placed bets online from last Thursday to this past Monday. He allowed six Atlantic City casinos to take bets from anywhere in the state beginning Monday afternoon.

Statistics on how many people have gambled online in New Jersey since Monday are not yet available.

Wall Street ratings agencies say Internet gambling in New Jersey should bring in between $200 to $500 million in its first year - far below the $1.2 billion Gov. Chris Christie's administration is expecting.