New Jersey Online Gambling off to Rocky Start amid Tech Issues
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie believes that the Garden State is sitting on a billion-dollar online gambling industry. But you’d hardly be able to tell this based on all of the technical problems that newly opened internet gaming sites are having.
Now two weeks into the New Jersey online gambling launch, many people are unable to play because of the problems. Tropicana Atlantic City general manager Steve Callender estimates that around 75% of those who’ve tried to play at his company’s online casino have been unable to. And the reason – the website was unable to verify that the players were from New Jersey.
Callender did find a silver lining in this issue by saying, “I would say a quarter are getting on. We don’t have a situation where people who are outside the state are getting on.” Despite his optimism, the fact is that New Jersey’s inaccurate safeguards are costing legal online casinos money in the beginning.
Some players have expressed frustration with their inability to play casino games, despite being located within New Jersey. And slowly, these problems are being reduced while the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement refines the techniques used to bar out-of-state players.
The latter group is definitely a concern because people from 25 different states have attempted to log on to a New Jersey online casino or poker site. The safeguards have definitely been effective enough to keep them from logging on. But the problem is still the large number of Jersey residents who can’t play.
Another dilemma facing the Garden State’s gaming operation is credit card processing. Major companies like Visa and American Express have been rejecting online gambling transactions. And this stems from the 2006 UIGEA, which many financial institutions still think applies to all 50 US states. But the truth is that Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada residents can all use credit cards to fund in-state gambling transactions.
Hopefully New Jersey can get their issues worked out soon so that everybody who’s eligible can use credit cards and play the games.