With a late November launch targeted, it was revealed last week that several New Jersey casinos had not provided enough information to state gaming regulators.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) penned a letter to all 12 casinos and requested that those found to be lacking in their earlier gambling license application submissions send additional information. A deadline of Friday, September 20 was chosen by DGE officials, which didn’t give the casinos a great deal of time.
But with the anticipated launch roughly only two months away, the DGE has reported that the Atlantic City casinos met the deadline in timely fashion. Gaming officials are now analyzing the recently received documents in an effort to investigate the suitability of companies that are vying to be gaming partners of the casinos, the Press of Atlantic City reported.
Should more information be required of the state’s dozen casinos, Garden State regulators will likely not hesitate in requesting that additional information. In the meantime, it appears that the November 26 launch date remains the goal of New Jersey in joining Nevada as states that have legalized online poker and/or gambling.
Delaware may also have launched their Internet gambling scheme by that time, as the First State has ambitions of going live next month. But don’t be surprised if Delaware’s roll-out gets pushed back a bit. Initial plans called for a launch sometime this month, but that projection turned out to be too aggressive and October may also fall into that category.
While New Jersey’s launch date may also seem aggressive, keep in mind that Garden State gaming regulators were making preparations even before Governor Chris Christie signed online gambling legislation in February. It is that forethought that may allow New Jersey to be next in line to offer Internet gambling to its residents and tourists.
Those regulations that Christie approved require casinos to be notified by the DGE of the official launch date within 45 days of when the virtual switch is scheduled to be turned on. We are nearing that stage and will likely know in roughly two weeks if late November remains in the sights of gaming officials.
Kudos are in order for those gaming officials, as documentation from a dozen casinos and more than three dozen other gaming license applicants must be a dizzying amount of paperwork to sift through. But with the anticipated revenue that online poker and gambling is expected to bring to state coffers, many believe that the burden undertaken now will be tremendously rewarded when all is said and done.
Legalized gambling in Atlantic City casinos has been in effect for 35 years following Resorts International accepting the first wager in May, 1978. Many chapters have been written in New Jersey’s gambling history as casinos have changed ownership, changed names, and come and gone.
But the newest chapter that will include Internet poker and gambling may be the most exciting of all. Overall revenue has been declining at the Eastern seaboard gaming establishments for nearly seven years. State officials are counting on online gambling to resurrect the fledgling industry.