When New Jersey signed their online gambling bill into law earlier this year, it was obvious that many of Atlantic City’s casinos – the only entities allowed to operate the new online casino sites under the law – would choose to take part. Still, few would have expected the response that state regulators have received.
All AC Casinos on Board
According to state officials, all twelve casinos in Atlantic City have applied to the Division of Gaming Enforcement to be a part of the first round of online gambling site approvals. Casinos had until the end of June to tell the state about any partnerships they would be pursuing with software providers (domestic or international) in order to have a shot at being able to launch their sites on the opening day of New Jersey’s real money online gambling marketplace.
All twelve casinos have chosen to do so, each partnering with an existing online gambling company. Each partner will now have until the end of July to apply for their own licensing approval. If final applications aren’t received by that time, companies and casinos may still get a chance to participate in online gambling, but may have to wait until after the initial start date.
While no official launch date for New Jersey’s online gambling has been announced, it is expected that state regulators will push to have sites up and running by November.
Some Silent Partners
While each casino has submitted information to the state about their potential gambling partners, not all of them have publicly announced who they are working with. Among the partnerships that have been made public are the Borgata’s move to work with Bwin.party, the agreement between Caesars Entertainment (which owns four casinos in Atlantic City) and 888 Holdings, and a recent deal between Ultimate Gaming and the Trump Taj Mahal.
Once active, online gambling in New Jersey will be offered to anyone 21 or older who is located in the state. The regulations allow not only for online poker – which is currently being offered in Nevada – but also for all online casino games as well.