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New Jersey Expanded I-Gambling Bill Reintroduced

Bill Would Allow Casinos To Offer Products Internationally


New Jersey online gambling is still in its infancy, but one lawmaker is already eyeing increasing the scope of those games.

New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak, who spearheaded the state’s online gambling efforts, has, according to reports, re-introduced a bill into the legislature that would potentially give New Jersey licensed online gambling operators the ability to offer their respective products in other U.S. states, as well as in foreign markets.

That doesn’t mean that the New Jersey online poker system could soon be home to players from all over the world. Lesniak told Card Player last month that “right now, federal law would preclude international players playing online against New Jersey players.”

However, that doesn’t mean New Jersey-based firms (in other words, have their servers there, for example) couldn’t make money off of players elsewhere.

In order to do so, Lesniak’s bill would require some sort of deal between New Jersey and the other jurisdiction with the players. The taxes would need to be sorted out. Obviously the Garden State’s partner in all of this would need to have legal online gambling as well.

Lesniak said that he wants New Jersey to be the “mecca of Internet gaming.”

The bill apparently paves the way for a deal between Nevada and New Jersey, but it’s unclear if that means the player pools in that situation would be mixed.

More details on the proposal should come in the following weeks and months, as it will surely get amended amid discussions by lawmakers. One thing is for sure, New Jersey is bolstering online gambling. Its first games began in late November.



over 5 years ago

poker is not illegal in most states.