Friday, January 14, 2011

New Jersey Legislature Approves Online Gaming

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New Jersey's legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that could make it the first state to legalize online poker if Gov. Chris Christie signs the bill into law.

To avoid running afoul of federal interstate online gambling laws, players would only be able to access the websites from within the state.

Online versions of table games, in addition to poker, would also be part of the games offered. If approved, only casinos in New Jersey will be licensed to operate the sites.

The state Senate voted 34-2 to approve the bill while the Assembly voted 63-11, with three abstentions. Senator Raymond Lesniak estimated that Internet gambling could add $100 million to casino revenues.

Attempts by the U.S. Congress to pass Internet gambling have failed recently and chances at federal approval are seen to be increasingly unlikely with a Republican-controlled House of Respresentatives.