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Whelan Bill to Aid Casinos in Growing Their Internet Gaming Operations Advances

Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic)

Legislation Would Allow Casinos to Move Online Gaming Equipment to Secure Facilities in Atlantic City

TRENTON – The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today released a bill sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan that would permit equipment used in connection with Internet gaming at Atlantic City casinos to be located at a secure facility in Atlantic City rather than on the premises of a casino.

“As the online gaming sector grows, casinos need more space to maintain and expand their Internet gaming operations,” said Senator Whelan (D-Atlantic). “Forcing them to keep the equipment within the limits of the casinos would put constraints on some of the smaller casinos and limit their ability to enter the online gaming market. By allowing casinos to purchase and build these facilities throughout the city, we are literally giving the industry room to grow.”

Under the bill, S-185, Internet gaming equipment would have to be stored in a location that is secure and inaccessible to the public. The equipment would also have to remain under the complete control of the casino licensee or its Internet gaming affiliate.

“This measure would benefit both the casinos and Atlantic City by allowing them to expand their gaming ventures. In addition, the construction and rehabilitation of facilities for Internet gaming equipment will bring economic activity to Atlantic City and create much-needed jobs,” said Senator Whelan.

The bill was approved by the Committee by a vote of 5-0. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.