Atlantic City Waits to Hear on Web Betting Bill
Gamblers in New Jersey may soon be able to enjoy the convenience of internet gambling.
Legislation was approved by both the Assembly and Senate in December which would allow gamblers to play casino games for real money on their own computers.
Any bets placed would generate revenue for the casino the player chooses to login to and would also earn club points for the player.
Sean Conner from Gov. Chris Christie’s press office, lawyers are currently examining the bill to see whether it is constitutional, at present the state constitution bans gambling outside Atlantic City without a constitutional amendment.
While Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2011, this one requires all gambling equipment to be located within participating casinos which means a constitutional amendment is unnecessary.
Christie must decide by February 4th whether to veto or sign the bill, if he fails to do either it will automatically become law.
Already there is interest in Atlantic City due to the proposal, the U.K. based PokerStars, one of the internet’s leading poker websites, has put forward an offer to purchase the struggling Atlantic Club Casino hotel so that it can bring online services to Atlantic City.