Las Vegas is no longer be the official gambling capital of the world — that title currently belongs to Macau, China — but it is most certainly the gambling capital of the USA. Indeed, the world-famous city of sin is still home to many of the biggest casinos operating stateside: casinos which draw in millions of visitors every year, generating large amounts of revenue for a variety of Nevada city businesses.
However, while it is these tangible, real-life casinos which contribute a great deal to both the allure and economy of Las Vegas at present, the city’s casinos are also making plans to move into the virtual, online gambling world.
Currently, online gambling, which is a multi-billion dollar industry, is illegal in the USA. However, despite its illegal status in the US, a sizeable percentage of the online gambling industry’s massive profits are generated by US game players who play on the web via online casinos hosted overseas. The casinos of Las Vegas are eager to find a way to keep this online gaming cash within America’s shores.
One such way is the intrastate online gambling bill: a bill which casinos in the state of New Jersey are currently lobbying their governor, Chris Christie, to sign and have been doing so for some time.
Nevada is now treading a similar path to New Jersey by proposing a system which would allow gamers who reside outside of Nevada’s state lines to bet online. Specifically, Nevada is proposing a $500k license fee charge, with a $250k renewal fee paid each year.
Christie originally cancelled proposed legislation which would allow online gambling. However, a senate and assembly vote aiming to decide whether blackjack, online poker and a variety of other casino games should be legalized ended with a 32-2 and 63-11 result, respectively. Consequently, regardless of Governor Christie’s clear resistance to the idea of legalized internet gambling in New Jersey, legislation which advocates just that may eventually get pushed through.