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Regulatory director David Rebuck has his agency working feverishly to meet deadlines in hopes of helping New Jersey take online gaming live in the fall.
Regulatory director David Rebuck has his agency working feverishly to meet deadlines in hopes of helping New Jersey take online gaming live in the fall.

The state's plans for launching Internet gaming in late November could become clearer by Tuesday, following today's application deadline for any casino, partner company or service provider that wants to be licensed in time for the rollout.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement, the agency that will regulate the new online platforms, said the names of any applicants will not become public until after they're approved as active vendors. But today's deadline will move the DGE into a full-fledged period of reviewing applications and testing software in time to go live by the fall.

By the end of last month, each of Atlantic City's 12 casinos had secured online operating partners that are seeking licenses in New Jersey. The division also is expected to continue fielding applications from providers of services like age verification, payment processing and so-called geolocation technology, which are required for Internet gaming.

The DGE hopes to go live with the new offering on Nov. 26 after it was legalized in late February, though federal law only permits patrons to be within the state's borders. The agency can push back its launch date, but there is urgency because of its potential to reverse losses in gaming revenue in Atlantic City and state coffers.

Besides New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware are actively moving ahead with intrastate gaming platforms. Nevada went live with a single online poker site in late April, while Delaware plans to go live this fall with games operated by its state lottery office.

Proponents in the Garden State have said Internet gaming will also create jobs and capital investment here.

The next key deadline for Internet gaming is Aug. 2, when the public comment period for the proposed regulations is scheduled to expire.

Reporter Joshua Burd is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. His email is joshb@njbiz.com and he is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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