A new bill passed in the New Jersey House will allow the use of mobile hand held devices at specific race tracks and casinos. There are currently two bills passing through the pipelines, which would bring New Jersey practically in line with the type of ‘on premises’ mobile betting allowed in Las Vegas.
The first bill, AS 2575, which is sponsored by John Burzichelli and Ruben Ramos will make allowances for New Jersey casinos to offer hand held gaming devices to their clients in Atlantic City. So far, the bill has received the approval of the state Senate, as well as the General Assembly committees and gambling analysts are optimistic about its chances.
Another bill, Assembly Bill 2610, will see the same type of hand held mobile devices allowed at New Jersey racetracks. The bill will need the approval of the New Jersey Gaming Commission, and would also incorporate areas in the Meadowlands complex.
Rep. Ronald Dancer, sponsor of the second bill, said that it would allow racing fans to place a bet and collect their winnings, without even having to leave their seat at the races.
He added that allowing racetracks to take advantage of the technology which has already impacted our daily lives will improve the experience for fans and give state facilities a competitive edge over other states that are also competing for a share of the horseracing market.
Rep. Dancer also said that the horse racing industry’s fan base could receive a huge boost thanks to the introduction of electronic mobile gaming devices in the state. Punters would be able to check on the outcome of the races and even receive betting information regarding races being run.
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