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New Jersey Ready to Finalize Some Online Gambling Rules

Three online gaming rules in New Jersey have entered the public input phase, one of the last steps to being finalized by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The rules—which have been in place for a year—allow casinos to pay celebrities—such as poker professionals—to directly play against

customers as a tournament promotion. Companies may choose to pay the celebrities by funding the stars’ accounts and allowing them to retain winnings.

The state is also revising a rule that requires casinos’ online servers to be stored within Atlantic City casino-hotels. The new rule allows the servers to be located in another Atlantic City property, provided the property is secure, owned or leased by the casino licensee, inaccessible to the public and specifically designed to house the equipment, the Press reported.

The final rule allows costumers of online sites to use their accounts to play free social games, provided the games are clearly marked as not being regulated by the state.

The division plans to have the rules finalized and written into the state register after the public-comment period expires February 6.