Good news for our neighbours south of the border. Over the past couple of months, individual states have begun to pass laws to legalize government-operated online gaming sites within their territories. Already legal in numerous countries including the UK, France, the majority of Canada and the Caribbean, the legalization of state-operated online gaming sites in the US could mean great things for its economy as well as for players residing in those states who will now have even more choices when it comes to casinos, game selection and special offers.

Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada are the front-runners of the movement, though only the latter actually has any sites up and running at this time. With California and Pennsylvania quickly following suit, it seems like more and more states are welcoming the idea of boosting revenues with this form of online entertainment.

The Gambling Capital of the East Coast Falls on Tough Times

Since the mid-1970s, Atlantic City has been synonymous with big resorts and big casinos. From the 1980s and well into the ‘90s, major developers and prominent names such as Donald Trump helped to shape the coastal city and get it on the map, giving the place we now know as the entertainment capital of the world – Las Vegas – a run for its money.

Unfortunately, this millennium hasn’t been so kind to Atlantic City. Though plans to erect major Vegas-style facilities were in the works, the recession hit hard, neighboring states built their own casinos and Super Storm Sandy handled the rest of the damage. Though still considered a major US gambling destination, gambling revenues have begun to dip over the last seven years, causing the Atlantic City of today to in no way compare to the Atlantic City of 20 years ago.

The Times They are a Changin’

In an effort to stimulate economic growth, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pushed to legalize state-owned and operated online gambling – a successful endeavor which has led to the development of soon-to-be-disclosed partnerships between major e-gambling operations and 12 Atlantic City casinos.

Though some view online gambling as a direct threat to brick and mortar establishments, proponents of these partnerships beg to differ, seeing these alliances as a way to avoid competition between the two parties, ultimately resulting in a win/win situation for everyone, including the government. For example, many of the perks of online casinos will now be offered to land-based casino clientele such as special online offers like the ever-popular welcome bonuses as well as a number of exclusive online games.

While everyone’s witnessed the toll that digitization and more specifically, the Internet, has had on numerous industries such as music, film and publishing, partnerships like these could offer land-based casinos (such as those in Atlantic City) that much more stability.

State-owned and operated online gaming will officially become legal in New Jersey on November 23, 2013.