The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has issued its first e-Gaming license this week, giving the first legal internet gambling license to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
The Borgata was given the first license because the casino was the first to submit the complete application. Internet gaming in the Garden State is set to have a soft launch on November 21st, with a real launch date beginning on November 26th. Gamblers wishing to play at the casinos must be within New Jersey's borders in order to be able to play the games.
Borgata is planning to offer online poker and casino games along with its partner, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, their e-Gaming partner.
Commenting on the license Borgata President Tom Ballance said, “It’s always nice to be first in the queue. Borgata and bwin.party are aggressively pursuing our objective of being among the first to launch online gaming in the state. We believe online gaming is an exciting growth opportunity for New Jersey’s gaming industry, one that will generate significant benefits for the state as New Jersey assumes a leadership role in this emerging form of gaming entertainment.”
Ballance added that all table games and slot machines in its land casino will be available for online play once the casino goes live.
The Borgata is one of Atlantic City's best performing casinos, as it generally heads the pack in terms of gaming revenues.