N.J. measure allows handheld gambling devices

Posted: May 22, 2012

A New Jersey Assembly committee approved a bill Monday that will allow patrons to gamble outside the traditional gaming floors of Atlantic City’s casinos.

The measure lets the New Jersey casinos offer handheld gambling devices — patrons can use one while waiting in line at a casino restaurant, poolside, or sitting in a lounge area, as long as they remain on casino property.

Lawmakers say it provides Atlantic City another way to generate gaming revenue and keep customers longer on the property as regional casino competition intensifies. The state Senate passed a similar measure in February. Gamblers must establish an account with the A.C. casinos to use the handhelds.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), who sponsored the Assembly version of the legislation, said it allows Atlantic City to offer what Las Vegas has had since 2006. Suzette Parmley

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