Assembly Gaming Committee releases mobile gaming devices bill

TRENTON – The Senate State Government, Wagering and Tourism Committee unanimously voted to release bill A2575, which would enable customers to have access to electronic versions of casino games on mobile gaming devices, such as Smartphones and IPads, 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, the bill states.

The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.

The devices would be authorized by the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

A portion of the bill enabling slot machine manufacturers getting a portion of the profits was removed by the committee.

The Senate State Government Committee passed its sister bill, S1323, on Feb. 6.

However, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo called the bill “far-reaching” and “counterproductive,” saying that accounts could be passed on from one person to another, such as a juvenile, inside a hotel room. He called for additional study.

Burzichelli said Caputo raised a good point, adding that he has faith in the regulatory structure to clean up any trouble spots.

The Casino Association of New Jersey also supports the bill, saying mobile gaming has been successful in Las Vegas and revenue growth opportunities are “substantial,” although specific figures were not provided.

Ramos said the goal of the bill is to increase revenue.

Assembly Gaming Committee releases mobile gaming devices bill