Could the Garden state be the Eureka! moment California is looking for? Rumors of legalizing online gambling all over the USA persist! And now it seems that California could look at NJ to clarify there somewhat confused laws. More precisely, they could authorize online casinos within the state lines as long as a land-based casino is in place. Well, that’s the rumor at the moment.
This is exactly what New Jersey did! But one question remains… Could online casinos survive if California didn’t apply the same legislation as NJ?
As it is now its confusing for Californians, as technically speaking, it’s not illegal to play online there. But, its’ also not legal either! Confused?
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So, how does New Jersey make it clear for its online casino community that a casino is 100% legal?
In short, to offer an online casino, an operator first need to have a solid brick and mortar base. Then this operator needs to apply for an Internet Gaming Permit and develop an online platform, in-house or externally. Then get the DGE (New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) to approve it.
Also, the brick and mortar casino can choose up to 5 online partners. After the selection, a government body issues the SILB (Casino Service Industry Enterprise License). Although it could be a lengthy process, there are no whose and buts, it’s pretty straightforward. Then the new online casino gets the seal of approval, and users can easily see the DGE logo displayed on the new site.
Still not convinced?
So what does this mean for the State and online players?
For the players, it becomes much easier to identify a reputable provider. But also to stay clear of scammers and get money in the bank when winning.
Now, for the state, it could add up to an excellent extra income to the tax chest by taking away the business from the illegal side.
This could greatly benefit residents of California. Although, some say that online gaming could take away part of the brick and mortar revenues. Yet, Should the money go to wealthy people in business or should the whole of California reap the benefits?
What do you think? Could NJ show California the way and help them to clarify its confused laws?