Jersey slots linked to Nevada for bigger jackpots

Slot machines at Revel. Some other Atlantic City casino slots are linked to casinos in Nevada.
Slot machines at Revel. Some other Atlantic City casino slots are linked to casinos in Nevada. (CLEM MURRAY / File Photograph)
Posted: August 23, 2014

More than 100 slot machines in 11 Atlantic City casinos are now linked with more than 600 machines at casinos in Nevada under a new effort to generate larger jackpots for gamblers, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced Thursday.

"Much like multistate lotteries, this new technology and cooperative regulatory agreements will allow combined progressive jackpots to grow, which should be very appealing to players looking for the opportunity to play for huge jackpots," said David Rebuck, New Jersey's director of gaming enforcement.

Rebuck's office in February approved regulations allowing interstate slots links with jackpots that increase in size as more people play.

Previously, an unspecified number of Atlantic City slots were connected to machines in South Dakota, the regulator said.

The system quietly went live Wednesday afternoon, automatically combining jackpot amounts accumulated at the linked machines.

Slot machines account for about two-thirds of the revenue won by Atlantic City's casinos.

New Jersey casino regulators have been working on the plan for at least two years, and they are still looking for other states to participate in an expanded multistate slots system.

It is one of many things the state is trying as it works to reverse Atlantic City's eight-year casino revenue decline, brought on by increased competition in neighboring states. New Jersey also legalized Internet gambling and tried unsuccessfully to overturn a federal ban on sports betting, among other initiatives.

Still, three Atlantic City casinos are shutting down within the next few weeks: Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza.

This article includes information from the Associated Press.

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