With the trial of the first online casinos in the US state of New Jersey complete, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has given its approval to all six of the casinos who took part, allowing them to begin offering their full gambling services to New Jersey residents.
The 5-day trial period didn’t go off without any hitches, but the authorities were satisfied that the casinos operations were watertight. Indeed, it was reported that gamblers from 23 states attempted to access the casinos but found themselves blocked out by the geolocation software demanded by new American gambling laws. They weren’t the only players to be blocked out, however.
Problems were reported on 14 of the 17 gambling websites up and running in the state, but the vast majority of these were to do with geolocation problems. With the state being careful to ensure no-one from outside the state border could access the casinos, some players living within New Jersey found themselves blocked out too.
The casinos launching a full suite of services are Caesars Interactive Entertainment, in partnership with 888 Holdings and Amaya Gaming, the two Trump casinos Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal, as well as their respective partners, Betfair and Ultimate Gaming, as well as the Borgata Hotel & Spa and Tropicana Casino and Resort, and their partners bwin and Gamesys.
One casino will not be joining the online and mobile casinos revolution immediately, however, as Golden Nugget pulled out of the running after suffering some issues with its software. General Manager Tom Pohlman was frustrated, but didn’t want to damage the casino’s brand with a poor quality product.
“Playing slots randomly would freeze up and generate an error message,” he said. “That is not the experience I want for my customers. We’d rather get it right than be embarrassed by something that doesn’t work. This is not a sprint for us; it’s a marathon.”