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Will Internet gambling be a success?

Posted: Feb. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Press of Atlantic City

Atlantic City has been looking towards online gambling for a while. They have finally taken the initiative to get it started but the real question is whether or not this new high tech gambling method will become popular. Their tourism rate has decreased steadily within the last couple of years.

Supporters of Internet gambling see it as a way to transform Atlantic City into the high-tech “Silicon Valley” of gambling.

Critics, however, believe customers will stay away from Atlantic City’s casinos in droves, choosing instead to gamble in the comfort of their homes.

“All of a sudden, the need to come to Atlantic City becomes less and less and less,” said Steve Norton, who was part of the executive team that opened Resorts Casino Hotel, the city’s first casino, in 1978.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a New Jersey Internet gambling bill Thursday in a way that encouraged the bill’s backers: He said he would sign a revised bill if it limits online wagering to a 10-year trial period. Gambling supporters in the state Legislature say they are willing to accept that condition.

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