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New Jersey offering now physical skill-based gambling

February 18, 2015

Atlantic City has always brought us the best of the casino world. Since the early 1920s, the Garden State has been one of the most prominent gambling states in the US, fighting for having different choices and ways of entertainment. On 2013, the state started its new chapter in the US gambling history by, first, regulating all ways of gaming, and by not leaving any chance at all for the administration to disrupt the welfare of the online sector. The state has been struggling as the fight for an open regulated online market is still on. Coalitions, like the one that Sheldon Adelson sponsors, politicians changing their mind depending on what the land-based casino moguls have to offer, major sports leagues, and many others, continue to stop the development of one of the most renowned industries in the world, the online gambling.

One of Atlantic City’s most legendary casinos, The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, is trying to continue with this development as, the online gambling sector, has not grown wider in the United States due to the forces that are trying to stop the advancement of the online gambling industry. New platforms and online security measures have been studied to improve every single aspect from this moneymaker. Furthermore, new forms of betting are being now presented and introduced in some of the regulated online gambling markets in the United States. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has introduced a new category for players to gamble: games based on physical skills. The Executive team at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has publicly announced that the company has had its authorization granted by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, New Jersey’s Gambling Official Regulator.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the American Gaming Association, they all have agreed on celebrating the first event on March 21st. The tournament would be the first licensed skill based gambling event in the United States. The first contest will be held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa next month of March; the hotel casino will host a basketball contest; players will only have to shoot throws to win the prizes of the contest. Players will compete against other players and there will be a 90 seconds round for a $20 buy-in; players must have a valid Borgata Club card and the winner getting $5,000. Joe Lupo, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's senior vice president, said: “This is a first step, something we've never been able to do until now. A year from now, you will probably see a lot more of these skill-based tournaments or even games on the casino floor. Anyone of legal casino gambling age of 21 can play even professional athletes. LeBron James? I wish he would”. Eric Weiss, director of the gambling enforcement division's technical services bureau, said: "It's purely a physical dexterity contest. Chris Moyer, from the American Gaming Association, said: “It is smart for them to be creative and try to find new ways to provide what consumers want given the highly competitive nature of the region”.


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