This is another attempt by Atlantic City to have an upper hand over other gaming markets.
“Casino gaming is the lifeblood of south Jersey’s economy, and we have to be willing to adapt in order to survive,” said state Sen. Jim Whelan. “Hand-held, mobile gaming devices have already been adopted in Las Vegas, and allow casinos the opportunity to extend the gaming floor to anywhere within their premises. By authorizing New Jersey casinos to take advantage of this new technology, we’re putting Atlantic City’s casino industry on an even competitive field with our competitor to the west.”
If passed, players would have to first register an account with the casino, and would then be able to play electronic versions of games on mobile devices within the casino and adjoining hotel, as well as at outdoor swimming pool areas.
The bill will now go to Christie, who will review the bill, and possibly makes some changes in casino regulation, before deciding whether to sign it.