STATE — As state Sen. Ray Lesniak’s vision for online gambling moves forward, Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa became the first casino to be awarded a permit to begin Internet wagering.
The state Division of Gaming Enforcement said the casino was the first to file a complete application to offer online gambling, which will begin with a trial period on Nov. 21.
Borgata president Tom Ballance said being the state’s first permit holder shows the company’s commitment to take a leading role in online gambling. To offer online betting, the Borgata is partnering with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, an online gambling company, formed by the March 2011 merger of PartyGaming plc and Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG.
Atlantic City’s two Trump casinos, Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, as well as The Golden Nugget Atlantic City have also received permits.
Lesniak said he hopes Pokerstars.com will be involved with New Jersey’s online gaming, in an interview with CalvinAyre.com, the global provider of online gambling news.
New Jersey is the third state in America to offer online gambling, following Nevada and Delaware. Online wagerers must be physically located in New Jersey to play.
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