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NJ on track for Nov. 26 online gambling start

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey says it remains on track to start offering Internet gambling by the end of November, although a final launch date has not yet been determined.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says it is trying to meet a state deadline of Nov. 26.

The division said Monday that casinos submitted additional information it requested by last Friday's deadline so that regulators can evaluate their applications to begin online betting.

"The division can confirm that it has received a significant amount of additional materials from the casino licensees on behalf of their Internet gaming applicants," spokeswoman Lisa Spengler said. "The Division remains committed to meeting the statutory deadline of November 26."

Director David Rebuck has not yet announced a go-live date; by law he has to give notice 45 days before Internet gambling begins.

Should the state not be ready to start Internet gambling by Nov. 26, the law allows Rebuck to ask the New Jersey Casino Control Commission for an extension, Spengler said.

Nine of the city's 12 casinos have acknowledged lining up partners for Internet gambling, and a 10th is widely rumored to have selected a partner, as well.

The Tropicana Casino and Resort has joined with Gamesys Limited, which runs the jackpotjoy.com website. The four casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment — Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City, Harrah's Resorts Atlantic City and the Showboat Casino Hotel — are partnering with 888 Holdings.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is partnering with bwin.party for online gambling.

Resorts Casino Hotel has joined with PokerStars, the world's largest poker website that had tried to buy the Atlantic Club earlier this year before the deal fell apart.

The Taj Mahal Casino Resort chose Ultimate Gaming, which began offering Internet gambling in Nevada earlier this year. Trump Plaza is widely reported to have chosen Betfair, the British online gambling firm, although neither the casino nor the company would comment.

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City is offering its own brand of Internet gambling using Bally Technologies.

Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club casino Hotel have not divulged their online gambling plans

Online gambling is designed to give the struggling casinos new revenue, though some worry some of the in-person business will simply migrate to computers, leading to casino job losses.


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