Thirteen online gambling sites went live in New Jersey on Tuesday, ushering in a new era of gambling and making it the largest expansion of casino business in the state since the 1970s. Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation back in February, making New Jersey just the third state to legalize Internet gambling.
Online gamblers will have to be physically present in the state of New Jersey in order to gamble (software must be installed on their computer that records location), but once registered, gamblers will be able to play any casino games, such as roulette or poker.
Opponents of the new law continue to voice concerns that gambling addiction will become even more widespread, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There's absolutely no denying the fact that offering Internet gambling to citizens is the equivalent of opening a Las Vegas casino in every home, office, dorm room, smartphone in the state of New Jersey,” Les Bernal, national director of Stop Predatory Gaming, told the Inquirer.
Bernal and others have expressed concern that problem gambling may become an even bigger problem with young adults, who spend a great amount of time already online, visiting social networking sites such as Facebook.
“In the past few years, that's been something we've been watching, the convergence between the social media, the social games, and the real-money games. For some people it may be a gateway,” said Donald Weinbaum, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.
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