By David Madden
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — In late November, New Jersey became the third state in the nation to permit Internet gambling within its borders (see related story).
Seven of Atlantic City’s twelve casinos are now running web sites, mostly with partners, that allow players to do just about anything on laptops and smartphones that they can do in their casinos.
And tens of thousands of accounts were set up quickly (see related story).
But this is a work in progress, as NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement boss David Rebuck sees it.
“This is a new business, and if we see problems coming about in anything that are unanticipated, we’re going to have to deal with it,” he said.
Case in point: the Golden Nugget’s site went live three weeks later than the rest because it wasn’t up to snuff.
While Internet gambling isn’t seen as a magic shot in the arm for Atlantic City, Casino Control Commission chairman Matt Levinson has his fingers crossed.
“This, to me, is going to be one of the biggest marketing tools in any of these casinos that decide to have Internet gaming will have,” he says.
But some suggest the online gaming could grow at the expense of the bricks-and-mortar casinos (see related story). Time will tell.