June 8, 2015 |
When Stephen Weber saw an ad seeking participants to help determine whether online games could improve brain function, it was, well, a no-brainer. The Drexel senior would get paid for what sounded to him like playing Nintendo. Maybe it could even help him remedy his weakness in math, he thought. So he signed up for a University of Pennsylvania study on "the effects of Lumosity on brain activity and decision-making behavior. " There's much more at stake here than the fortunes of an industry whose revenue is expected to hit $6 billion a year by 2020.
May 16, 2014 |
A rusty fence bisects the virtual desert, so grab your cursor and pick a side. You are playing The Migrant Trail , an online game about the human toll of illegal immigration. You choose an avatar from a group of immigrants trying to sneak into the United States, or border agents trying to catch them. You pick a route, what to wear, what to carry, when to rest, when to search, and when to hide. Software dictates the consequences. Didn't bring enough water, or weighed yourself down with too much?
January 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - With Pennsylvania's budget forecast gloomy, the legislature looks to be placing its bets on gambling. As budget discussions unfold over the next few months, it is widely expected that the GOP-controlled House and Senate, along with the Corbett administration, will seriously consider a proposal to expand lottery gambling and, possibly, one to legalize online gambling. Both measures could mean hundreds of millions in annual tax revenue at a time when the state is in the red. The administration says Pennsylvania could be facing at least a $1.2 billion budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the proposals are also bound to stir anew concerns that Pennsylvania is moving at breakneck speed to offer more options to gamble, which many believe will increase addiction and the social ills that go with it. Gov. Corbett, for instance, signed a law late last year allowing small games of chance - including pull-tab games and raffles - in bars and restaurants.
January 16, 2014 |
Online gambling in New Jersey generated $8.4 million in revenue from Nov. 21 through December, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said Tuesday. The results for the six Atlantic City casino operators licensed for Internet gaming and their online partners were weaker than analysts expected. Most were expecting at least $10 million, despite a slow start caused by technological difficulties. In total, Atlantic City casinos won $2.86 billion from gamblers last year, regulators reported, the first time since 1991 that Atlantic City logged less than $3 billion.
January 11, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. In the first partnership of its kind to explore the new frontier of virtual gambling in New Jersey, the owner of the 76ers and the New Jersey Devils has partnered with the online gambling company partypoker to merge customers and expand their reach. While casinos have sponsored and have had advertisement deals with American sports teams for years, this was the first deal with an online-gambling company. On Nov. 26, New Jersey launched Internet gaming from servers housed at Atlantic City casinos, becoming the third state in the nation, with Nevada and Delaware, to offer it. "The best partnerships are when you connect with the best people," Scott O'Neil - chief executive officer of the NBA's 76ers, the NHL's Devils, and Prudential Center, home arena for the Devils - said of the multiyear, multimedia deal between the two sports franchises and Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, which owns partypoker, a leading online-poker website.
December 3, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When Internet gaming launched last week in New Jersey, the Atlantic City Alliance - the resort's chief marketing arm - was noticeably silent. There were no new alliance ads touting online gaming's arrival, though New Jersey became only the third state to offer it, after Nevada and Delaware. The reason: Online gaming and the alliance may be at cross purposes. The two-year-old alliance is spending $30 million a year to encourage visitors to come and spend money in the city's casinos, restaurants, and hotels.
November 28, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Like the sport of gambling itself, I was so close, yet apparently still so far, from being able to log onto a computer and play Atlantic City casino slots and table games on Tuesday, the first day New Jersey allowed online gaming. Four hours' worth of attempts - from the comfort of my home a few miles away - had proved fruitless in getting the pretty icons of the computer slot machine reels to spin for me. So I came here, to a Starbucks, and Tropicanacasinos.com finally registered me and took my $20. But still, I couldn't play.
July 26, 2013
By LouAnn Buhrows Who are you on social media? Your everyday-pack-a-lunch self or a different persona you've created for the digital stage? Odds are it's the latter, because even what-you-see-is-what-you-get types are different online than in person. That's not a bad thing. After all, we look different online, carefully cropping photos so only the best angles show. It's amazingly easy to take a glamour shot with a smartphone, though it might take several attempts. But you find it - just the right shot - for the role you want to play.
June 15, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Internet gambling isn't expected to start here until about Thanksgiving, but the 12 casinos must move fast to line up partners for their online operations. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has told the casinos they have until June 30 to arrange Internet deals. The deadline is intended to give regulators time to examine the qualifications and backgrounds of companies that want to partner with the casinos, particularly since several foreign companies are considered likely to do so. For example, Bwin.party, based in Gibraltar, has inked a deal to partner with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Joe Lupo, Borgata's senior vice president, said the casino moved early to work with the firm.
March 9, 2013 |
A bill that would legalize Internet wagering in Pennsylvania is to be introduced next week by State Rep. Tina Davis. The Bucks County Democrat confirmed Thursday that she might introduce the measure in Harrisburg as early as Wednesday. Davis - whose district includes Parx, the state's top-grossing casino - cited recent moves by New Jersey and Delaware as the reason Pennsylvania needed to get started on the issue. "We wanted to get the conversation going," she said. "We're working on some changes" to the bill.