ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — If you live in The Garden State and you like to gamble, rejoice.
For the first time, people in New Jersey will be able to click a mouse or swipe a screen to gamble online.
A five-day trial period of Internet gambling begins at 6 p.m. Thursday when players invited by casinos to test their systems make real-money bets online.
The test period was established to determine whether sophisticated technology designed to ensure that all gamblers are within New Jersey and that they are 21 or older works correctly. The test also will evaluate electronic payment technology and the integrity and functionality of the casino games.
“This trial phase is going to be a big success. These companies have been doing business for years,” State Sen. Raymond Lesniak told WCBS 880.
If all goes well, Internet gambling will be available to gamblers within New Jersey starting Tuesday. The only other states to offer online gambling are Nevada and Delaware.
As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, some involved with the Internet betting are looking forward to the trial run turning into a permanent fixture for gamblers.