Mobile gaming device bill advances

TRENTON – The Senate State Government, Wagering and Tourism Committee unanimously voted to release bill S1323, which would enable customers to have access to electronic versions of casino games on mobile gaming devices within an approved hotel.

The player would have to set up an account with the casino and the device would not work outside the hotel.

Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) of Atlantic City, who sponsored the bill, described it as an “attempt to recognize the reality that a lot of young adults are used to having things done in the palm of their hands.” The devices would be authorized by the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

“We want to keep New Jersey current,” he said.

The Casino Association of New Jersey also supports the bill.