HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 29New Jersey Moves Closer to Internet Gaming Launch

On Monday, October 21, 2013, internet gaming regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement became effective, while temporary amendments to these regulations will also become effective on Monday, October 28, 2013.  These regulations will govern online gaming operations in the State of New Jersey, which are scheduled to go live on November 26, 2013 following a five-day “soft play” trial period that will begin on November 21st.  Under the New Jersey law authorizing internet gaming, only Atlantic City casino licensees or their affiliates can hold an internet gaming permit.  At the current time, the State of New Jersey has issued internet gaming permits to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Golden Nugget Atlantic City, LLC; Trump Plaza Associates, LLC; Trump Taj Mahal Associates, LLC; and the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Notably, the New Jersey internet gaming law permits the acceptance of bets from players in other states and countries so long as “…the Division of Gaming Enforcement…determines that such wagering is not inconsistent with federal law or the law of the jurisdiction, including any foreign nation, in which any such person is located, or such wagering is conducted pursuant to a reciprocal agreement to which this State is a party that is not inconsistent with federal law.”  N.J.C. 5:12-95.31.  However, until there is a change in federal law, only patrons located within the borders of the state of New Jersey will be allowed to wager online.

The states of Nevada and Delaware are among other states to move forward with plans for regulation to permit Internet wagering. As of today, Michigan has not formalized plans for a path to legalize such gaming options nor explored the development of a regulatory structure.

 

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