Borgata casino to offer TV betting in hotel rooms

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The Borgata Hotel and Casino plans to be the first US casino to allow guests to gamble using hotel room televisions. The feature is scheduled to go live as of Monday February 18th. This announcement comes four days after NJ Gov. Christie's conditional veto of an internet gambling bill, which would allow the casinos to use similar technology to permit mobile betting throughout their facility.

Borgata guests will be required to register players' cards to take advantage of the TV betting. The cards will allow the casino to track guest play, both as a measure to combat problem gambling ($2,500 daily cap at starter level), as well as to stop underage gambling.

"We're moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step," said Tom Balance, Borgata President and COO, according to a report.

The TV betting feature will be subject to a three month trial period from New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement. A slots game and video poker will be the first games offered. The software used is made by Allin Interactive.

Related: Gov. Christie conditionally vetoes internet gambling bill

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