Two bills working their way through the New Jersey Legislature
would allow the use of mobile gaming devices for wagering at
casinos and at state racetracks.
The first bill, S1323, passed by the Senate on May 31, would
allow the Division of Gaming Enforcement to, by regulation,
authorize the use of mobile gaming devices within a casino
hotel. In order to engage in mobile gaming, the player must
establish a wagering account with a casino, and the wagers must be
placed from, and paid out, within the premises of the casino
hotel. A mobile gaming device must be inoperable from outside
of the casino hotel. The definition of hotel premises
includes an outdoor pool and any outdoor recreation areas, but
excludes parking lots. By regulation, the Division of Gaming
Enforcement may impose stricter standards if it believes those
standards are necessary. A version of this bill has passed
the Senate, and a separate version is pending in the Assembly, so
the two bills will need to be reconciled before final passage.
In the horse racing realm, on May 24, the Assembly passed, and
sent to the Senate, A2610, authorizing the placement of horse race
wagers using a mobile device, including devices such as iPads and
iPhones. The legislation would permit the use of a mobile
device to wager on races either being run or simulcast at a
racetrack. The bill would also permit the use of mobile
devices for wagering in other designated areas of the Meadowlands
Sports Complex, such as the under-construction American Dream
complex across the highway from the racetrack.
In order to take advantage of mobile wagering, the customer must
be physically present at the track (or permitted wagering
location), and the device must be able to lock out wagering from
outside of the permitted areas. Assemblyman Ron Dancer, one
of the bill's primary sponsors and a former chairman of the New
Jersey Racing Commission, has described this bill as an effort to
allow racetracks "to take advantage of the technology that
people are so accustomed to using." Under the bill, the
New Jersey Racing Commission would have the authority to prescribe
regulations governing the use of mobile devices for
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