New Jersey mobile gaming, Delaware and online poker news

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SBR newswoman Natalie Rydstrom gives an iGaming international news update. In today's video, Delaware's online gambling bill being signed into law is discussed, as well as New Jersey mobile gaming bill S-1323. Natalie also covers a prison sentencing handed out following the Black Friday online poker indictments.

Governor Jack Markell has signed Delaware’s online gambling bill into law. The legislation, HB333, dubbed the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012, allows for internet gambling on lotto, video poker, keno, and other table games. Delware is now the second state in the US to allow online gambling: with Nevada legalising online poker last week. Governor Jack Markell is optimistic that job creation should flourish as online operations are setup, stating the following as a news conference:

“We’re talking about a couple thousand jobs. The competitive landscape for the industry has changed dramatically.”
Delware’s online games will be controlled by the state lottery office, as well as managed by a Director to be appointed by the Delaware Secretary of Finance. All in all, it is a major victory for Markell, who has been a major proponent of online gambling in the state. We will keep you up to date with developments as they happen.

The New Jersey Senate has approved mobile gaming bill S-1323. The legislation is now en route to Governor Chris Christie to be signed into law. The bill allows Atlantic City casino customers to gamble with their smartphones or other mobile devices anywhere from casino property. New Jersey has ruffled some player feathers by insisting on structuring their legislation such that the bettor is married to the casino. There is no current legislation, whether proposed or law, that allows New Jersey citizens to make casino or sports wagers from the comfort of their own homes. We addressed this point in our two interviews with State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Senator Lesniak conceded that millions of Americans, as well as his own constituents would appreciate such a luxury: but nevertheless, the ball is rolling in the right direction.

Former banker John Campos will serve a three month jail sentence, as well as three years of probation for his role as a payment processor for online poker companies Poker Stars and Full Tilt. This is the first sentence handed out since the Black Friday online poker crackdown in the US. Mr Campos was found guilty of agreeing to process the payments in return for a $10 million investment in SunFirst Bank.

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