By David Madden
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — As Atlantic City prepares for three more casino closures over the next few weeks, gambling officials in New Jersey have unveiled a program they hope will lure slot players to the eight gaming halls that will remain.
It takes progressive slots to a whole new level — and across state lines. And with that, the progressive jackpots are growing.
“For the first time now, Atlantic City casinos are linked with slot machines on the Las Vegas strip,” says Eric Weiss (below), who heads up technical services for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
It’s a deal that New Jersey and Nevada have worked on for months, involving 100 machines here and 600 out there.
These slots are not available online — you’ll have to go “down the shore” to play them.
The top prize is set at $2 million on those machines. Efforts are underway to get other states to join in. So far, the only other partner is South Dakota, with only a handful of slot machines interconnected.