Atlantic City’s casinos have submitted a “significant amount” of additional information about their Internet gambling partners after New Jersey regulators complained that their applications were incomplete.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement wrote to the casinos earlier this month to tell them that key details about their Web partners were missing from the required paperwork. The division gave casinos until Friday to supply more information.
On Monday, the division reported that “it has received a significant amount of additional materials from the casino licensees on behalf of their Internet gaming applicants.”
Lisa Spengler, a division spokeswoman, did not immediately elaborate on the nature of the information or say how many of the city’s 12 casino hotels had to submit more details.
Nov. 26 remains the target date for launching Internet gambling in New Jersey. However, the division’s director, David Rebuck, still has not officially announced the “go live” date. Rebuck is required by law to notify casinos at least 45 days in advance of the launch.
“The Division remains committed to meeting the statutory deadline of November 26,” Spengler said in an email.
Online wagering represents a new era in Atlantic City’s 35-year history of casino gambling. Casinos are teaming up with Web providers to provide Internet betting on slot machines and table games. Gamblers will be able to play on their home computers, smartphones and other electronic devices as long as they are within New Jersey’s borders.
Ten of the casinos have lined up Web partners. Only Revel Casino-Hotel and the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel have not yet disclosed their plans for online wagering.
Spengler said more than 40 companies have submitted applications to the Division of Gaming Enforcement for New Jersey Internet licenses. State investigators will scrutinize their background before ruling whether those companies qualify for a license.
Bwin.party, the Web partner of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, said last week that its paperwork is complete and it will be ready to launch its Internet gambling operations as soon as New Jersey gives the final go-ahead. Bwin is best known for its partypoker.com brand in Europe and the World Poker Tour franchise.
Caesars Entertainment, owner of the Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat casinos, is teaming up with 888 Holdings for Web betting.
Tropicana Casino and Resort’s Internet partner is Gamesys Limited , which operates the jackpotjoy.com website in Europe.
Resorts Casino Hotel is pairing up with PokerStars, the world’s largest poker website. PokerStars aligned itself with Resorts after its plan to buy the Atlantic Club collapsed.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is using Ultimate Gaming as its Web partner. Ultimate Gaming was the first company to launch online poker when it began this year in Nevada. The Taj Mahal’s sister property, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, is teaming up with Betfair , Wall Street analysts have reported.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City will offer Internet gambling under its own brand, although it is using Bally Technologies as its technology provider. Golden Nugget’s parent company, Landry’s Inc., announced in August that it will consider selling the casino or its Internet gambling rights.
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