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Atlantic City Casinos Looking for Online Partners

Online gambling isn’t anticipated to start in New Jersey till about Thanksgiving, but Atlantic City’s 12 casinos have to move fast to line up partners for their on the net operations.

The state Gaming Enforcement Division has told the casinos they have till June 30 to arrange Web gambling bargains.

The short time frame is intended to offer state regulators time for you to examine the qualifications and backgrounds of the companies that need to companion using the casinos, especially due to the fact various foreign providers are regarded as probably to join with Atlantic City casinos.

One of them, Bwin.celebration, is based in Gibraltar, and has inked a deal to companion using the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to offer Internet gambling. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, said the casino moved early on to partner together with the firm.

“They have a big market share and a tremendous platform,” Lupo said.

The two casinos owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, still are evaluating potential on the internet partners. Each of the casinos will offer a different on the net brand, company CEO Robert Griffin said. He said he expected a decision “to come right down to the wire” as the deadline nears.

“Our choices are solid,” Griffin said. “It will come down to who gives us the best deal for all our shareholders, and who has the strongest brand in gaming.”

The four Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment- Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, the Showboat Casino Hotel and Bally’s Atlantic City, have yet to commit to any on the web providers.

“We are still reviewing the regulations and haven’t made any definitive decisions yet pertaining to partnerships,” said Seth Palansky, of the company’s Caesars Interactive division.

Tony Rodio, president of the Tropicana Casino and Resort, declined to discuss his casino’s on the internet plans, and officials at the other four casinos did not immediately return messages Friday seeking comment about their plans.

David Rebuck, director from the Gaming Enforcement Division, said casinos that miss the filing deadline can’t be assured they’d be allowed to start offering World-wide-web gambling on the first day it is permitted.

The state also set a July 29 deadline to have completed applications submitted to the division.

New Jersey is among three states in the nation to legalize World-wide-web gambling, along with Delaware and Nevada, which already has started taking bets on the web.

The state views on the web betting as a potential way to turn around a nearly seven-year revenue decline that has plagued Atlantic City’s casinos due to the fact neighboring states began offering casino gambling, cutting into New Jersey’s casino winnings and jobs. In 2006, when the first Pennsylvania casino opened, Atlantic City’s casinos took in a high of $5.2 billion. That figure fell to just over $3 billion last year.

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