Bill to allow gambling anywhere on casino grounds approved yesterday – heads to Governor Chris Christie (pictured) for final approval
A bill allowing Atlantic City casino customers to gamble on mobile devices away from the gaming floors was approved by the New Jersey Senate yesterday.
The Senate voted 37-1 in favour of bill S 1323, three days after its companion bill AB 2575 passed in a 77-0 vote with two abstentions in the state Assembly, with the the bill now headed to Governor Chris Christie’s desk to be signed into law.
Bill sponsor Senator Jim Whelan said: “Casino gaming is the lifeblood of South Jersey’s economy, and we have to be willing to adapt in order to survive. Handheld, 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 authorising 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,” Whelan explained.
If the bill is approved by Christie, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement would still have to first verify that the devices will not work outside of the casino property’s boundaries and gamblers would need to set up a mobile betting account with the casino.
The Senate initially approved S 1323 on 31 May, but had to vote yesterday on the amended measure passed in the Assembly. The bill was also approved by an Assembly committee on 21 May.
Earlier this month, Senator Raymond Lesniak’s egaming bill advanced through a New Jersey panel and progressed to a full floor vote in the Assembly and Senate, though the vote is unlikely to take place before September.