Going All In: Online Gambling Begins in New Jersey

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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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  • 4Bellwether666

    Better gambling habit than drugs that puts a double whammy on them…Period…

  • Tory

    No difference than liquor stores on every corner

    • nu-fan

      And, those liquor stores who also are involved in gambling with the many lotteries that keep expanding.

  • Kingturf

    Last time I checked we are free to do whatever we with our money. If I want to work for my pay check, I don’t need the moral police to tell me gambling is wrong. Btw I am heading to Vegas for black Friday. My wife is going to piss my money away at the mall on Fridau, so I am going to catch a sale on some good horse races and craps.

  • Tinky

    Taking potshots at the “moral police” is easy, but it misses the main point. The accelerated state by state trend toward expanded gambling is deeply insidious for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with control over how people spend their money.

    • nu-fan

      A constant spread of casinos, lotteries, etc….. I, sometimes, wonder how much in total U.S. dollars are spent on gambling? I bet it is “huge”. Then, I think about the “efficiency” of the dollars spent in this way. It seems to me that the money does not ripple out, sufficiently, in higher paying jobs. For instance, if a person spends $100 on gambling, where does the money end up besides a few, immediate, lower-paying service jobs? Does it work toward improving the overall economy? If that same amount of money is spent on a product (goods), not only does the retailer make money and pay its employees, but the supplier, manufacturer, grower does as well. The money from ose extra paying jobs, then, get funneled back into the economy buying other products–and, the cycle continues. Do all of these gambling outlets do as much? Perhaps, an economist can be called upon to explain this. But, yes, it seems a bit “insidious” to me as well.

      • David

        Somewhere between that advocated by KY chapter of The Family Foundation (pretty much what you muse) and one of those dozens of ‘pay me and I’ll tell what you want to hear’ studies is the answer.

        • nu-fan

          I have a hunch that you are right. And, of course, some forms of gambling may pay back into the economy more than others. I, especially, think of lottery tickets that people spend quite a bit of money on and all they get in return is a little piece of paper that didn’t require the employment of many people. At least, at a racetrack, there are numerous employees but, I bet, not very many earning more than a marginal income.

  • kyle

    If nothing else you would think this would help racing finally get over its shame that it is a gambling game. Considering it is now clear that states have no compunction encouraging their citizens to blow the rent or food money on the spin of a virtual wheel, maybe racing will now feel feel to drop the artifice.

  • Don Reed

    “Verified users can add money to their accounts through A CREDIT CARD or cash at a casino.”

    —Wall St. Journal 11/21/13

    Does this mean people will be able to bet on credit?

  • Richard C

    The future is now — and not in Vegas.

  • Jersey Josh

    Some banks will not allow money to be sent to these sites (17 of them ) also AMEX has said no. Projections are of course off the charts…not gonna happen.
    My question is if/when people really start to gamble on-line with these casinos, when will the building itself close down? Why pay people to stand around with no ‘live’ customers?
    Again, last month AC was down another 8.x%. The South Jersey clowns continue to think that the only way out AC. Oh maybe its the tax structure for business? Na…Just ask all the pharma companies that have pulled up the stakes and moved out.

    Sadly the blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes

    • we’re watching

      Banks don;t want it because they cannot get a piece of interest on money outflowing their banks into the online system. Until they figure out a way to get a piece of it in fees, they’ll stay out of it. Imagine that.

  • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    Instead of this NJ should renovate Atlantic City Race Course and have a Full Spring and Fall Turf Meet. Because if you’re going to lose your shirt, it should be done in the fresh air and not in some dingy apartment on a piece of junk computer! =P

  • Big Red

    How is this different than placing a bet at your favorite ADW???
    Bottom line is that we will have fewer tracks & casino’s

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