In the state of New Jersey, the online gaming industry continues to progress. The state is already the top producer when it comes to online casino and poker revenues and could soon be providing sports betting if a case being considered by SCOTUS is ruled in their favor. Now, it seems international online gaming partnerships may soon begin, thanks to legislation that was introduced in late November.
Senator Raymond Lesniak introduced S3536 on November 30th, a measure that would allow the state to begin to pool players with online gaming operators of an international level. The bill states that the division, meaning the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, will be able to permit online gaming equipment to be located outside of Atlantic City if the division feels it necessary to facilitate the conduct of international online gaming.
If the bill is passed into law, the state would be able to begin partnering with jurisdictions outside the US. Regulators in the state have wanted to be involved with international providers for a long time now but issues with current regulations have stood in the way. The gaming act of New Jersey limits servers to being located in Atlantic City before online gaming can commence. The provision made it expensive for international operators to take part in the industry when they already have servers located in their regions.
With his time as senator, Lesniak has been a supporter of gaming in his state. He will be leaving office at the end of his term and will leave behind a pro-gaming legacy. If this measure were to pass, it would be a final farewell to his long support of the online gaming industry. The bill will have to move fast though and gain enough support to pass by January 9th of next year.