Despite a few hiccups following the ‘soft launch’ last week, New Jersey online gambling has continued steady growth, peaking with more than 5,000 new online gamblers signing up on Thanksgiving day alone; boasting a total of more than 37,200 accounts by the end of Thursday night.
Initially made live for all qualifying gamblers on November 26th (following a five day trial period for software to be tested), six casinos including Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Caesar’s Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City (the Golden Nugget is still completing tests and is expected to enter the market later this week) were all given full permits to provide real-money only gambling to patrons within New Jersey state lines.
Director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck commented on his delight at the launch, and provided an insight into the tireless hours spent ensuring the best quality product.
“I am pleasantly pleased … I’m also very tired because for the last seven days, all I’ve been doing is worrying this was going to crash” Rebuck said.
Despite all the worry in the lead up to launch, only a few problems were found and were largely related to geo-location services as a result of the technology’s inability to work beyond New Jersey state borders. Essentially, many gamblers had trouble logging onto an online gambling site, however almost all related issues have now been ironed out.
The problem facing New Jersey online gambling heading into the future is players depositing money into their accounts; as outlined by Bloomberg last month, several major banks have been overly cautious in regards to online gambling transactions.
Despite these minor hurdles, New Jersey wasted no time climbing to the top and have already pulled ahead of Nevada as the nation’s preferred casino-run Poker rooms.
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