The New Jersey Senate passed their online gambling bill by a vote of 33-3 in a session of the house on Thursday.
The bill authorizes Atlantic City casinos to hosts websites that offer online poker and other casino games that will be available for residents of New Jersey.
The bill will now be sent to the desk of Governor Chris Christie who has the power to veto the bill if he sees fit.
This time last year the bill was passed by the Senate but was vetoed at the last minute by Christie.
Senator Ray Lesniak is one of a number of Senators who are desperately hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.
“I hope the governor will sign as soon as possible so we can save jobs, create jobs in Atlantic City and bring much-needed revenue to our casinos and the treasury of the state of New Jersey,” Lesniak said.
“It would be a life boat that our casinos could hold on to in anticipation of not only getting additional revenue but being able to attract more people to Atlantic City through the use of comps.”
The Poker Players Alliance was delighted with the passing of the bill and commended the New Jersey Senate in a statement released today.
“Even though the U.S. Congress has stalled on its effort to pass a bill, the inevitability of regulated online poker proceeds in New Jersey,” Executive Director John Pappas said.
“I am encouraged that this legislation has advanced through the state legislature and is now before Governor Christie for his consideration.
“With such an overwhelmingly supportive vote, it is clear New Jersey’s state senate has recognized the incredible benefits this legislation will provide for residents and the state’s overall economy.
“On behalf of the thousands of poker players living in New Jersey who have been eagerly waiting for a safe and fair environment in which to play online poker, I urge Governor Christie to sign this important bill into law.”
It has been reported that Poker Stars is looking into buying a struggling Atlantic City casino so that they could return to the United States market.
You can follow all the developments in this story here at poker.com.