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Whelan calls for hand-held gambling remotes to make betting in Atlantic City casinos easier

gaming032411_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gamblers at Atlantic City casinos may someday be able to place bets without actually having to be at the gaming tables, if one state official has a say.

State Sen. Jim Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor, is proposing a bill that would let the casinos offer hand-held gambling devices to customers on casino property, according to the Associated Press. A Senate committee was scheduled to consider the bill today, the report said.

Whelan said the move would give gamblers the opportunity to place bets while waiting on line for dinner or lounging poolside – and would be a tool for casinos to attract a whole new generation of smart phone and tablet devices.

The technology, which includes ensuring the devices won't work off the casino premises, has been allowed in Nevada since 2006.

The Casino Association of New Jersey backs the bill. But the proposal, if it passes state legislation and gets a nod from Gov. Chris Christie, would have to be authorized by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement before going into effect.

The proposal comes at a time when Atlantic City is trying to regain a strong financial foothold. Since 2006, Atlantic City's casino revenues have fallen from $5.2 billion to $3.3 billion last year.

 

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