— The state's Gaming Enforcement Division said Monday that 91,531 accounts had been created as of Sunday. Internet gambling began with a five-day trial period on Nov. 21 and launched publicly on Nov. 25. Seven casinos are offering online gambling, the most
recent being the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, which began on Saturday. The others are the
Borgata; the Tropicana; Trump Plaza; the
Trump Taj Mahal; Caesars and Bally's Atlantic City.
Online betting marks the biggest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since the first Atlantic City casino opened in 1978. The state lets gamblers play any of the games offered in its 12 casinos including card
games and slots, but online poker has proven especially popular in the early going.
New Jersey is the third state in the nation to offer Internet gambling, after Nevada and Delaware.
The state approved Internet gambling earlier this year as a way to generate new revenue for Atlantic City's 12 casinos, who continue to struggle with increasing competition in neighboring states. Atlantic City's
casino revenue reached a peak of $5.2 billion in 2006, and is likely to fall below $3 billion this year.
Source: Associated Press