Gambling regulators in New Jersey are quite sure that the first online gambling sites will go live in the state by Nov 23, 2013. Currently, state regulators are processing applications submitted by various gambling companies to operate online gambling services in the state, and the process is continuing unhindered.
Understandably, the quickness with which the Garden State is processing gambling license applications would be threatening to Nevada, which appears to have gotten stuck after becoming the first US state to launch a licensed and regulated online poker room in the country.
Besides, New Jersey has a huge advantage over Nevada as it has legalized not only online poker, but also other forms of online gambling, such as online casino gaming. On the other hand, Nevada has legalized only online poker.
New Jersey has been waiting for an opportunity to legalize online gambling. Recently, David Rebuck of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) revealed at an interview that the state had been toying with the idea of legalizing online gambling for the past many years. When the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that the federal Wire Act of 1961 no longer applies to online casino and poker, the state grabbed the opportunity and legalized online gambling.
Although Nevada was the first US state to draw up a regulatory framework for online poker, its licensing procedure is long drawn out. Unlike New Jersey, which licenses and authorizes online gambling companies quickly, Nevada takes a long time to review software and approve it. Operators and consumers alike have already begun questioning Nevada about it.
November is still a few months away, and New Jersey gambling regulators might have to deal with obstacles that may crop up without a warning and delay the process further. But it still cannot be denied that New Jersey is working faster and more effectively than Nevada ever did. The chances of the state being able to keep its promise of launching online gambling sites at the end of November are quite high.
When Nevada launched the country’s first licensed and regulated poker room Ultimate Poker, everybody felt that more online poker rooms will be launched within a few weeks. Consumers actually believed that Nevada had beaten New Jersey and is well ahead of the Garden State and Delaware, another US state that has already legalized online gambling. But now it is quite clear that New Jersey is ahead of Nevada.