Like the NY Jets’ offense, N.J. Internet gambling trial runs into issues

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What do the Jets’ offense and yesterday’s Internet gambling trial in New Jersey have in common? They both failed to take off smoothly. 

A significant amount of  Garden State residents who tried to play their bets virtually starting at 6 p.m. last night reportedly ran into multiple glitches, including error messages, sites failing to load, and incorrect notifications informing them that they were not located within New Jersey’s borders, when in fact they were.

Here’s what Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck had to say about yesterday’s launch.

“The soft opening will be used to demonstrate to the Division (of Gaming Enforcement) that all systems perform as required under the stress of live gaming and that operational and revenue reporting controls are effective. Staff will continually assess the progress of each platform provider before allowing them to open gaming to the general public on Nov. 26.”

In all, seven New Jersey-based casinos have been issued permits to conduct online gambling operations within the state’s borders. They include the Golden Nugget, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. 

As it currently stands, there are no concrete plans to push back the official start of Internet gambling in New Jersey, which is slated to begin on November 26, next Tuesday. We can only hope that the state and the casinos will have everything sorted out by then.

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