Lawmakers in New Jersey are looking to tweak the state’s online gambling law as Atlantic City casinos gear up to go live on November 26. In addition, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement is updating its online gaming regulations to provide for more security.
Democratic state Senator James Whelan, a former mayor of Atlantic City, has addressed the fine points of the bill when it comes to housing online gambling equipment.
“Existing law provides that equipment used in connection with the conduct of internet gaming at Atlantic City casinos must be located at those casinos,” Whelan wrote in his amendment. “This bill would permit such equipment to also be located at a facility in Atlantic City, other than a casino, that is secure, inaccessible to the public, and specifically designed to house that equipment, and where the equipment must be under the complete control of the casino licensee or its internet gaming affiliate.”
Governor Chris Christie signed the online gambling bill in February, specifically on assurances that bets would take place only on servers located at Atlantic City casinos. Whelan’s new bill slightly expands that premise, as casinos determine how much space they will need to house the equipment. With online partnerships established and 37 online gaming companies looking to get involved in New Jersey, Atlantic City properties are evaluating their infrastructure needs.
The matter isn’t expected to be taken up until September.
In related online gaming news, the state DGE has put forth several amendments to its online regulations, specifically in areas of security. The regulations, which were originally published on June 3, are going through a 60-day comment period prior to final adoption.
Changes to the internet gaming regulations include standard log-in procedures, various requirements to log in again after inactivity or other changes in activity, bank account linkage issues and a requirement that free-play games must offer the same payout percentages (or lower) if there is a real-money counterpart to the game.