David Rebuck, the director of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, has pledged that new standards in monitoring online gambling will be set as the state launches a five-day trial later today ahead of a full launch next week.
According to ABC News, invited players in the state will test the real-money online gambling systems of New Jersey casinos.
The test period will allow regulators to monitor technology that has been designed to establish if all gamblers are within the state’s borders and aged 21 or over. Players will also test out electronic payment technology as well as the games themselves.
“Testing has been going on for months,” Rebuck said. “I don’t’ think there is any online gaming anywhere in the world that is going to be monitored as closely and protect the integrity of the games and players’ money as well these will.”
The state is scheduled to release a list of gambling websites that have passed rigorous testing and will be permitted to go live for the test later today.
If the test period goes well, the state will then launch a full online gambling service on November 26.
Casino gambling has been legal in the state since 1978, but the launch of an online gambling service will place the state in an exclusive market alongside Nevada and Delaware, the two other US states that currently offer real-money online gambling.
“With the dawn of internet gaming, we are on the cusp of perhaps the biggest change, and challenge, since the first casino opened here,” New Jersey Casino Control Commission’s commissioner, Alisa Cooper, said.