New Jersey Passes Online Gambling Bill

New Jersey Gaming Revolution

New Jersey became only the third State in the US to approve online gambling in a legal capacity when State Governer Chris Christie passed a much discussed gambling bill. The move is set to revitalize the casinos of Atlantic City, which have fallen behind Las Vegas in popularity. Christie’s approval came just days after Nevada State Governor Brian Sandoval signed a similar bill allowing online gambling in the home of Las Vegas.

The Jersey bill had come close to passing earlier this month when Christie vetoed the bill. It has now been amended with changes including setting a 10 year trial period and increasing taxes on online casino revenues.

Following the signing, Christie said: ““This was a critical decision, and one that I did not make lightly. But with the proper regulatory framework and safeguards that I insisted on including in the bill, I am confident that we are offering a responsible yet exciting option.”

Christie is considered one of the country’s leading Republicans

Boost for Atlantic City

While Atlantic City has gained popular recognition in recent years due to the popularity of TV show Boardwalk Empire set in the early years of the last century during the prohibition era, the region is still way behind Las Vegas in terms of success.

The bill ensures that online casinos will be only be run by licensed casinos, with the servers being based in the casinos themselves.

Available games will include poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, craps, big six wheel, slot machines, mini baccarat, red dog, pai gow and sic bo online.

It is estimated that the state of NJ will benefit substantially with a financial boost of some $200 million.

Internet gaming was rife in the US in the early 2000s, but in 2006 the United States Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which essentially made it illegal for US Citizens to gamble online.

However, it included a caveat that individual states can decide to allow gambling on the Internet as long as it kept within their state.

Politicians in other states, including Mississippi are also attempting to pass online gambling legislation.

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