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Legislation would permit online betting at Atlantic City casinos

Legislation would permit online betting at Atlantic City casinos

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Legislation introduced this week would allow Internet wagering at Atlantic City casinos.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, specifically would allow "New Jersey residents to place wagers on casino games via the Internet," according to the text of the legislation.

All games, including poker, would be offered through Internet wagering, the bill states.

In addition, the bill would require that the equipment used to operate the Internet wagering be located in a restricted area of a casino hotel or in a secure facility off the premises of the casino hotel, "but within the territorial limits of Atlantic County."

The bill comes with an annual tax of 20 percent on gross revenue from Internet wagering, which would be paid into a casino revenue fund. It also provides for the creation of a Division of Internet Wagering under the direction of the state Casino Control Commission.

Additionally, the Casino Control Commission and the New Jersey Racing Commission would allow the operation of terminals at racetracks at which "individuals who have registered to participate in Internet wagering may wager on games conducted at casinos in Atlantic City."

Those terminals would be identical in appearance to casino slot machines.

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