New Jersey is scheduled to kick off the trial run for its new gambling platform on the internet in less than a month and the Division of Gaming Enforcement awarded the fifth permit. On Monday, October 21st, 2013, the Tropicana Casino and Resort received their license to offer real-money services to gamblers that are within state lines.
After the November 21st trial run start date, New Jersey has plans to take web gambling live on November 26th. New Jersey started awarding permits to operators this month; the first permit went to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino also received licenses.
European online gambling company Gamesys has partnered with the Tropicana. Gamesys will power the Tropicana's online software platform and this is the first venture into the US for Gamesys. Last year Gamesys had the distinction of becoming the first company to offer the UK real-money gambling through Facebook.
"Both Tropicana and Gamesys are looking forward to introducing our customers to a new level of gaming through its online offerings, which will both entertain and raise the bar in gaming experience," said Tropicana president and CEO Tony Rodio, according to the Associated Press.
Of the 12 brick-and-mortar casinos in Atlantic City, 10 have revealed plans for online gambling and five of those are still waiting on a permit. Caesars Entertainment owns four properties and has partnered with 888 Holdings for its venture into web gaming in New Jersey. Resorts Casino Hotel has teamed up with global online poker leader PokerStars and is still awaiting approval for a license.
Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel have not disclosed any plans on entering the iGaming field, and according to gaming expert Brad Polizzano, New Jersey attorney Lloyd Levenson has stated that neither property will move forward.
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