According to a report by NorthJersey.com, interstate online gambling is moving forward in the state of New Jersey. Bill A-2578 is scheduled to be heard this Monday during the New Jersey Assembly. If the bill is passed, casinos in Atlantic City will be able to offer online poker and gambling games for residents in the state.
John Brennan covered the story at NorthJersey.com and he stated that the online gambling bill is one of twenty eight bills that will be heard on the agenda this Monday. If the bill moves forward in the Assembly, the bill is expected to move to the State Senate later next week.
State Senator Ray Lesniak expects the bill to move forward rather quickly. The Senator predicted that the bill would pass in March and in May but the bill was delayed due to a lack of votes in the state Senate. Lesniak believes the outcome will be different this time because the casino industry is behind the online gambling proposal.
Lesniak spoke with PokerNews last week on the subject and stated: “This time there is no one lobbying against it and the need for it is even greater. The Atlantic City casinos continue to suffer from reduced revenue, and this will be the big boost that they desperately need.”
The Atlantic Club is one such casino in Atlantic City that has suffered from a lack in revenues. The casino has been rumored to be an interesting prospect of PokerStars, a top online poker site, and many in the industry view the interest as a sign that the online gambling legislation will pass in the state. It seems as though PokerStars is getting ready to offer their services in the state and they will clearly be able to now that certain language has been removed from Bill A-2578, which would have restricted the site from offering gambling services to US customers online.
Lesniak commented on the change in language by stating: “When it was pointed out to us that the previous language would restrict PokerStars entry into New Jersey—and other companies that have rehabilitated themselves and would offer competition to give our casinos the best deals possible—when that was discussed with the assembly sponsor and supporters, it was clear to us that entry into the New Jersey marketplace for a company like PokerStars is something we desire and want.”
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