New Jersey gaming officials set a deadline of June 30 for casino companies interested in filing for an Internet gaming permit. Not surprisingly, all 12 licensed Atlantic City casinos met the deadline.
Now, officials said, the Division of Gaming Enforcement will be able to see if these applicants will be ready to commence Internet gambling operations by Nov. 23, the designated “go live” date.
Most operators indicated they would be partnering with firms that already have online experience. For the most part, these firms have been operating in Europe but for the Trump Taj Mahal casino the partner is Las Vegas-based Ultimate Gaming, the only company with actual legal Internet poker experience in the United States.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, owned jointly by Boyd Gaming Corp. and MGM Resorts International, will partner with Gibraltar-based Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment while the four properties owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation will partner with the European firm, 888 Holdings Plc.
Just prior to the deadline, Resorts Casino Hotel announced it would partner with The Rational Group’s PokerStars for its online gambling activity. PokerStars had bid to take over Resorts Casino but the deal fell through. Because PokerStars was indicted by federal authorities for conducting poker activities prior to 2006, the company will be barred from participating in legal Internet gaming by a number of states, including Nevada.
Also looking for an Atlantic City online gambling deal is Donald Trump whose company, Trump Organization Inc. retained the online gambling rights to his name.
“Given the way online gaming is rolling out on a state-by-state basis,” said Ivanka Trump, “we really want to keep our options open.”
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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