This Week in NJ Gambling: Gambling Revenues Down, Borgata President Moving Up

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This Week in NJ Gambling is a round-up of some of the top stories in New Jersey’s gambling industry, online and off.

This week we take a look at April gaming revenues, President Donald Trump on gambling, a second NJ online casino offering Live Dealer table games, and a whole lot more.

AC Gambling Revenues Down in April

Atlantic City gambling revenue was down in 1.6 percent in April.

It was the first year-over-year monthly decline in 2017.

However, internet gambling rose 22.6 percent to $20.8 million compared to $16.9 million in April 2016.

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Is Online Poker Safe From Trump?

NJ Online Gambling co-founder Adam Small penned a response to an op-ed on the site suggesting the Trump Administration does not appear to be prioritizing a ban on legal internet gambling.

According to Small online poker isn’t safe from Trump.

NJ Politician Asking For Trump’s Help On Sports Betting

New Jersey, Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. is asking President Donald Trump’s administration for help with the state’s effort to legalize sports betting.

Pallone sent a letter to Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall this week requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court hear New Jersey’s appeal of the latest sports betting court rejection.

Gamesys Launches New HD Online Slot

Gaming operator and developer Gamesys has rolled out a High Definition version of its Secrets of the Phoenix online slot.

The game is now exclusively available at Tropicana and Virgin in New Jersey, complete with new HD graphics.

Gamesys claims it’s the highest quality game you will find in a New Jersey online casino.

Borgata President Takes MGM Resorts Post

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa President Tom Ballance has reportedly accepted a new position with MGM Resorts.

MGM Resorts owns the Borgata after buying out Boyd Gaming’s 50 percent interest in 2016.

Ballance will become MGM’s executive vice president of operations after spending the next few months looking for a successor. He has been Borgata’s president since 2012.

Betfair Offers Live Dealer Games Online

Betfair Casino is now offering Live Dealer table games.

Golden Nugget was the first NJ online casino to offer Live Dealer tables powered by the Ezugi software platform. Betfair, which operates under the Golden Nugget’s Internet gaming permit, is now piggybacking off of its partner’s Live Dealer studio located inside the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.

Self-Excluded Online Gambler Denied $15k Prize

A New Jersey online gambler was denied a $15,527 prize won at Resorts Casino after regulators discovered the player was on the state’s gambling self-exclusion list.

Resorts did not object and the gambler did not request a hearing within the appropriate time frame.

 

Marty Derbyshire

Marty Derbyshire has been covering online gambling for various industry media outlets since 2007.

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