The New Jersey Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee has given the go-ahead on a bill that would allow for online betting servers to be based outside of Atlantic City casinos -- if they are still located within the city limits.
The bill would allow for casinos to move their servers offsite, as long as they physically remain located inside of Atlantic City. The equipment would also be required to have to be under the direct supervision and control of the casino or its betting partner.
If the bill becomes law, it would open the possibility of New Jersey becoming an online betting hub, hosting servers that would allow for interstate betting with states that have also legalized online betting.
Commenting on the bill, New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan said, “Right now, a lot of casinos do not have the space required to maintain Internet gaming operations. By relocating the equipment for Internet gambling, we will give them the conditions to develop this activity properly.”
The bill will now head to the full Senate where it will be voted on. If the bill gets enough votes in the Senate, it will head to the State House for a similar vote.