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Division of Gaming Director Says Internet Gambling Off to a Good Start

11-26-13

Internet gambling within the state of New Jersey is just a couple of hours into it’s widespread existence. Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he is satisfied with the progress.

“We had a great first day. The casinos are working as anticipated,” said Rebuck. “I think we’re all breathing a little bit of a sigh of relief knowing that we’ve been through a very stressful and difficult nine-month period to get this up and fully operational.”

Before internet gaming got the OK, Rebuck says that the most difficult time during the process occurred when they first started and there were many open-ended questions. He also mentioned that there was a lack of expertise and that there wasn’t much development. With all the work done by the staff, Rebuck says that the process was able to get up and running.

Six casinos now have internet gaming, and some have more than one website running. Rebuck says that it is a business decision that they have been making and that each casino has one platform operator. Within the platform, each casino can have up to five independent websites. As of now, there are 13 websites that are up and functioning.

The Golden Nugget Casino was one of the seven casinos that applied for internet gaming but it is still in the testing phase. The Golden Nugget did not get the approval along with the six other casinos because it had been struggling and there were questions about their operations, according to Rebuck.

In regard to what the Golden Nugget has to do to get the approval for online gaming, Rebuck says, “In their best interest, to do some upgrades, do some necessary work that was needed and come back to us in the near future. I have every confidence that they’ll be up and operating in some time in the near future.”

Rebuck says that there is no time limit for the Golden Nugget and other casinos to get issues fixed and have a chance to have internet gaming and be competitive. He also says that every casino is still being tested.

Rebuck says that there is support from all over the state government, including Gov. Chris Christie.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the governor and from all agencies in state government,” said Rebuck. “Whether that be the Department of Banking Insurance, the treasurer, the attorney general, my boss. Everybody’s focused on getting this done the right way. I have no issues with staffing and I have a wonderful expert who we hired as a person to consult with us, has 20 years experience from regulatory environment and gaming who’s been here with us for months now working with us day to day. So I’m very happy with his helpful assistance.”