Gamblers optimistic as new era dawns in NJ - KMSP-TV

Gamblers optimistic as new era dawns in NJ

Posted: Updated:

In anticipation for the Tuesday launch of internet gambling in New Jersey, many gamblers are optimistic about the future of this new venture that is expected to help ailing Atlantic city casinos get back on their feet.  

Atlantic city casinos have been hit hard ever since gambling became legal in many jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Before the late 1970s, the only place in the US where one could gamble was Las Vegas. 

Then came Atlantic city.  

People were standing shoulder to shoulder in the east coast's first casino 'Resorts' when it opened in 1978.  

In the early 2000s, lawmakers in Pennsylvania felt that putting casinos in racetracks would help cut their property taxes.  The concept of 'racinos'  were such a hit, that it soon spread all over America.  Now, a 'racino' in Queens, NY called Resorts World, is the most profitable casino in the United States.

As gambling spread through-out the race tracks and cities, profits in Atlantic City started to dwindle.  

That's why Governor Christie proposed internet gambling, where the casinos in AC will get to run them and profit from them.

And the site looks like it is off to a good start.

Despite some initial glitches as a test period started last week, many gamblers say they managed to bet online, and others hope they, too, will get in on the action soon.

Chris Choy, of East Brunswick, easily registered with the World Series of Poker site Thursday and won $99 by the end of the night.

Poker coach Michel Gagliardo, of Glen Gardner, played for hours on the same site with few problems.

The casinos continue to test their sites and work on problems that shut out some gamblers in New Jersey. Regulators say they expected those problems and say they'll be worked out soon.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:38:30 GMT
    AP file photoAP file photo
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
  • 6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:53:06 GMT
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
  • Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-31 18:58:04 GMT
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices