NJ Assembly Passes Legislation Legalizing Online Gambling
Today marks the biggest step towards seeing the first U.S. state implement an online gambling regulatory and/or licensing program.
Earlier today, the NJ State Assembly passed bill A2570 by a vote of 63-11-2. If signed by Governor Cristie, the law would permit Atlantic City casinos to establish online versions of their gaming operations to New Jersey residents.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t affect many of us. It does, however, make it more likely other states will follow suit.
Speculation is that NJ residents will no longer be able to use Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars. Indeed, the bill states it is a crime to offer internet gambling if not licensed by the State. Considering FullTilt and PokerStars stopped providing service to residents in Washington after it became a felony to play online poker for money in the Evergreen State, it seems reasonable to believe a similar result is imminent.