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NJ lawmakers poised to pass Internet gambling bill

Local News | Feb 26, 2013

NJ lawmakers poised to pass Internet gambling bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers say they plan to pass a bill legalizing Internet gambling.

It’s scheduled for a vote on Tuesday. If passed, it will be sent to Gov. Chris Christie by day’s end.

The Assembly and Senate plan to approve the changes Christie asked for earlier this month in vetoing an online betting bill. They include a 10-year trial period and higher taxes on casinos’ online winnings.

Patrons would set up online accounts with one or more Atlantic City casinos, which would use special software to verify a player’s age. Once the program is operational, something that could take six months to a year, gamblers could play any game now offered in Atlantic City casinos, including electronic versions of slots and table games.

Online poker is expected to be big.