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Lesniak updates bill: International companies must set up in N.J. to have access to online gaming

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    State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) has added a caveat to an upcoming bill he announced last month that would look to open up the state's online gaming market to customers around the globe.

    Any company wanting to offer international internet gaming in New Jersey can still do so under the bill, but they just now have to set up shop in Atlantic City.

    "New Jersey has a lot to offer," Lesniak said in a release Thursday. "We have the stability and security of a regulated marketplace, we have an educated workforce and a high-tech infrastructure. We can make New Jersey and Atlantic City a global destination for internet gaming."

    The original bill would authorize the state Division of Gaming Enforcement to grant licenses to companies offering online wagering and casino games to customers in foreign countries.

    Thursday's update would require that international online wagering operations be located in secure, approved locations in the city that are inaccessible to the public.

    Lesniak said the requirement would allow companies to utilize the infrastructure already in place for Atlantic City's casino industry and recently launched online gaming operations.

    "The Atlantic City casino industry is well regulated and highly respected, which gives us an advantage," Lesniak said. "We can capitalize on our strengths and attract business to build and invest in our state.

    "We shouldn't allow these opportunities to migrate overseas to other countries."

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    Andrew George

    Andrew George

    Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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