Earlier this year, New Jersey gaming officials set their sights on Nov. 26 as the starting date for online gaming. Since then, the licensed casinos have been jockeying with each other in selecting experienced partners with the background and technology to launch what will be the country’s only state to offer a full slate of live money games.
Last week, as the AP’s Wayne Parry reported, the state retains its Nov. 26 focus but without announcing it as the official starting date.
A spokesperson for the Division of Gaming Enforcement said it had received additional information it had requested from the casinos and were evaluating their applications for online gambling.
Said spokesperson Lisa Spengler: “The division can confirm that it has received a significant amount of additional materials from the casinos’ licensees on behalf of their Internet gaming applications. The division remains comitted to meeting the statutory deadline of Nov. 26.”
However, should problems prevent a Nov. 26 startup, an extension can be granted, officials said.
Since the law requires that Internet gaming operators have partnerships with licensed casinos, nearly three dozen systems operators applied for licenses, but only a dozen will be successful in forming a partnership.
So far, the lineup of properties and their partners include: The four Caesars properties linked with 888 Holdings; the Borgata with bwin.party; the Tropicana with Gamesys Limited; Resorts with PokerStars; the Taj Mahal with Ultimate Gaming and Trump Plaza with Betfair.
Operating on its own program, using the system provided by Bally Technologies Inc., will be the Golden Nugget.
Still to be announced are Revel and the Atlantic Club casinos.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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