Playtech Games Now Available In New Jersey Via Bet365

New Jersey CasinosOnline gambling aficionados in New Jersey can now enjoy Playtech’s casino content. This development came after the British online casino games developer signed a long-term deal with Bet365 last Thursday to make its portfolio available to customers in the Garden State.

Significant Moment For Playtech

Playtech’s partnership with Bet365 is its first major step in United States territory, and it plans to partner with other suppliers in the coming months. The launch comes after just over a month after it secured the necessary regulatory approvals from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). It can be recalled that it was only last June when Playtech got the go signal to offer its casino games via Bet365.

Said Playtech chief operating officer Shimon Akad:

“This is a significant moment for Playtech and our development in the US. Launching Playtech’s software in the US is a landmark, and we are very pleased to be taking this step with one of our most trusted partners in bet365.“

Bet365 is another British online gambling company. It has its own distinctive content but will be the first to launch the Playtech content. Bet365 entered the U.S. market in 2019 and has since been offering its sportsbook and online casino services to customers in New Jersey in a partnership with Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Exciting Times Ahead

During a press release held last week Playtech said that the launch will see the locally licensed Bet365 go live with a large selection of its games such as the top-rated five reel Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven, White King, and Great Blue. Akad added that more titles and content are going to be added to the portfolio very soon:

“With more titles and content launching in the coming weeks and months, there are exciting times ahead. This launch also serves as a prime example of our commitment to partnering with leading operators to bring leading software services and great content to new and growing markets.”

Founded in 1999, Playtech is the industry’s technology leader in gambling software, services, content, and platform technology across the industry’s most popular markets. It is listed in the London Stock Exchange and is also the pioneer of omni-channel gambling technology via Playtech ONE.

PointsBet Inks Online Casino Deal in New Jersey

Australian-based online bookmaker PointsBet has been busy solidifying its presence in the United States this week.

PointsBet Logo

After becoming an official gaming partner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers franchise, PointsBet inked a multi-year partnership with Twin River Management Group on Thursday to serve as an iGaming skin in the state of New Jersey.

Primary Skin Agreement

The 10-year “primary skin” agreement with Twin River will see PointsBet provide iGaming and online casino services in New Jersey via its mobile app and website. The deal, however, is contingent on Twin River completing its purchase of Bally’s Atlantic City and PointsBet obtaining the necessary state approvals and licenses.

“PointsBet is thrilled to partner with Twin River to offer its flagship online casino product in New Jersey as a complement to its critically acclaimed sportsbook,” noted Manjit Gombra Singh, the firm’s President of Product & Technology. “PointsBet continues to innovate and iterate upon its proprietary technology profile and this agreement is yet another signal that PointsBet remains focused on providing a modern gaming experience for modern times.”

Under the contract, PointsBet will pay Twin Rivers a percentage of the net revenue from iGaming and casino operations in the state. PointsBet will also shoulder all the licensing and regulatory costs during the decade-long partnership. Prior to the deal, PointsBet already had a presence in the state of New Jersey with its sportsbook app, serving as a skin for the Monmouth Park Racetrack in the Meadowlands.

PointsBet is still in the process of developing its online casino products. The company is currently in advanced discussions with numerous live dealer table games and online slot providers. The New Jersey launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2021, or after the debut of its online casino product in Michigan later this year.

Pacers’ Gaming Partner

One day earlier, PointsBet announced that it had signed a multi-year pact to become an official sports gaming partner of the NBA team Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers’ deal will put the PointsBet logo in the “apron” of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The “apron” is the out-of-bounds part of the court between the baseline and the team bench. PointsBet is the first sports betting company to get its logo displayed on that part of the stadium. Earlier this year, PointsBet also announced a deal to become an official sports betting operator of the NBA.

The PointsBet logo will also appear throughout the Pacers’ home court, including in phone charging stations and along the scorer’s table. The Pacers are also eyeing to showcase the Aussie sportsbook on their digital platforms as well.

New Jersey Officially Approves Eldorado-Caesars Deal

For more than a year, two companies have been working to join forces and become the largest casino operator in the country. It’s been a long, sometimes frustrating journey for Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. Fortunately, it looks like this deal is nearly complete. New Jersey has officially approved the Eldorado-Caesars deal; the final green light needed for the companies to merge.The Word Approved Written In Red

The champagne is flowing over in Nevada. Today, we’re going to look at what led to New Jersey’s approval. We’ll also discuss what still needs to be done for these companies to officially become one.

Timeline of the Eldorado Resorts-Caesars Merger

Eldorado Resorts has long been one of the most powerful casino companies in the United States. It’s grown considerably over the years and now owns property in many different states. Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg continued to tell the media he wanted to expand even further over the past few years.

In June of 2019, Reeg’s ambition became clear. News broke that Eldorado Resorts had agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment for an incredible $17.3 billion. With the purchase, all of Caesars’ assets would become Eldorado’s.

It’s the largest merger between two casino companies in history. In order for the deal to go through, these companies needed approval from the various gambling commissions in the states they operate in. The FTC also needed to approve the deal to ensure this company does not form a monopoly.

Company officials immediately began working to gain these approvals. Many different properties needed to be sold. Eldorado and Caesars were doing what was required and the companies continued to receive the green light from different gaming commissions.

In late June, the FTC formally approved the Eldorado-Caesars deal. Only three more states needed to sign off on the deal for it to complete. Nevada gave a thumbs up and just a few days later, Indiana did the same. It then all came down to New Jersey’s commission.

This week, the last approval needed for this merger to go through was granted.

New Jersey Finally Agrees to Allow the Eldorado-Caesars Deal

It wasn’t a surprise to see states take so long to approve this deal. Once it’s complete, Eldorado-Caesars will become the country’s most powerful gaming company. Commissions want to do everything they can to ensure things are fair for the other casino companies operating in their territory.

New Jersey, in particular, was very slow to give the green light. It forced a number of property sales in Atlantic City. Commission officials met on many occasions to discuss the impact that this merge will have on the state’s casino industry.

Last week, members of this commission met for a final time in Las Vegas. Here, officials within Eldorado Resorts and Caesars explained how things will remain competitive for all other casinos in Atlantic City. It seems their efforts have finally paid off. The commission officially gave these companies its approval.

Commissioner Alisa Cooper made sure to stress that “The stakes could not be any higher” once these companies come together. Ultimately, she and other commission members felt confident that the newly-merged company would not concentrate too much of the local gambling economy.

With New Jersey’s approval of the Eldorado-Caesars deal, things are now close to being finalized. This merger is expected to finish in the next few days. A few more papers need to be signed, yet all the hard work is now done in getting the deal done.

Will This Deal End Up Paying Off for Eldorado Resorts?

When Tom Reeg first agreed to purchase Caesars Entertainment, he likely had a much different idea of what this week would look like. At the start of 2020, the casino industry was surging and most felt things would continue on that path for years to come. In just a few months, the country’s land-based gambling industry was turned on its head.

Casinos around the country have begun to reopen. Some have since had to close down due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. Many casino companies are now being forced to lay off thousands of their workers.

It’s clear that the casino industry is in a tough place. New Jersey’s gaming revenue was 66% lower in June of this year than it was in 2020. It’s important to note that casinos had not opened here until July, though. Most analysts predict that casino revenue will continue to be significantly lower this year, even after casino markets reopen.

Eldorado paid $17.3 billion to acquire Caesars. Company officials likely hoped that this money would immediately begin flowing back in from its new properties. That may not necessarily be the case right now.

No one can really say how things will look in the future. It’s hard to imagine the land-based casino industry never recovering. We’re in strange times, however, and it could be years before casinos truly get back to the levels they were at last year.

With New Jersey’s approval, the Eldorado-Caesars deal can finally conclude. Now, the focus for this new casino giant will be increasing its revenue flow. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.

Casinos in New Jersey May Reopen by July 4th

Since March, all of the casinos in New Jersey have been completely shut down. Cities like Atlantic City, that rely heavily on their gambling industries, have been hurting badly from these regulations. Fortunately, Governor Murphy claims that casinos in New Jersey may finally reopen to the public by the Fourth of July.New Jersey

Many states have already begun allowing their casinos to open back up. Some will begin lifting their restrictions next week. Today, we’re going to look at what lawmakers in New Jersey have planned to revive the state’s casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Cases Continue to Drop in New Jersey

For weeks, New Jersey has been the second-worst affected state in the country in terms of Covid-19 cases. As of today, more than 161,000 individuals here have been infected with this new respiratory virus. As a result, strict regulations are set in place here.

Many businesses are completely shut down in this state. Many restaurants, gyms, and other venues that draw in large crowds may be forced to permanently close. The worst thing is that many are unaware of when these restrictions will be lifted.

New Jersey’s casino industry has taken a major hit over the past few months. Atlantic City is thought to be the gambling hub of the East Coast. Since March, however, this city has been essentially shut down.

Cases of Covid-19 are continuing to drop. Many feel that it’s time to start allowing certain businesses to operate again. Governor Phil Murphy is hesitant to start getting back to normal, and fears another major wave may be just around the corner.

Tens of thousands of individuals have lost jobs due to the casino shutdown in New Jersey. Fortunately, we may be close to seeing things get better. Murphy claims that some of the gambling venues here may reopen by mid-summer.

Governor Murphy Comments on Reopening Casinos in New Jersey

Casinos were some of the first venues that states shut down when this coronavirus first began spreading in the US. Many felt that casinos were perfect places for this virus to quickly spread. As time went on, some states began slowly allowing casinos to open back up.

Governor Murphy has refused to say when casinos in New Jersey will be allowed to open back up. He claimed it would depend on how quickly infection rates started to fall. Casino owners in the state continued to push lawmakers to make a change.

Fortunately, Murphy feels that it’s almost time to reopen the state economy. The Governor spoke to the media this week about getting the state’s gambling industry back up and running. He gave some insight into when this may take place.

“It’s probably still too early to give you a very specific answer but there’s a lot of work going into that right now,” Murphy said. “But we are trying like heck to get toward, I hope, before the Fourth of July or at least by the Fourth of July … that we’re in a position where we can say, you know what, subject to a lot of different parameters the casinos can be open again.”

Murphy is correct in saying it’s difficult to reopen casinos. Many states are still looking at how to do this safely. The Governor seems to recognize how important this is, though.

Casinos in Las Vegas are scheduled to open over the next few days. Perhaps this will give the Governor some ideas on how this can be done safely and effectively.

Several Major Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Tomorrow

Atlantic City is one of the top gambling destinations in the city. Las Vegas, however, remains the biggest casino hub on the planet. Under normal circumstances, tens of millions of visitors fly here every year to enjoy the gambling and entertainment options.

All casinos here have been shut down since March. In the past, this would have seemed impossible. These are unprecedented times and an incredible amount of money has been lost due to the regulations.

On June 4th, several major casino-resorts here will finally reopen. Casino companies have established plans to protect their guests and staff. Nevada’s leaders feel these plans are good enough to allow casinos to reopen.

It remains to be seen how many tourists will begin visiting Las Vegas. Many of the casino owners here have been offering new travel deals to entice tourists. Derek Stevens, owner of The D Hotel-Casino, even offered 1,700 free flights to bring people to the city.

Hope is that the casinos here start generating serious revenue. The city certainly needs it. If all goes well, we may see the casinos in New Jersey open back up earlier than some people initially expected.

Do you think it’s time for the casinos in NJ to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below.

New Jersey Casino Bills Are Still Being Discussed

New Jersey, and Atlantic City, in particular, is home to a large and successful casino industry. Years ago, lawmakers presented plans to allow more gambling venues to open in the state. Recently, state officials have begun looking at several New Jersey casino bills once again.New Jersey

Some feel that adding new casinos will help to bring the state significantly more revenue. Others worry about the impact it will have on Atlantic City. Let’s take a look at what exactly may be changing here.

Coronavirus Has Officially Hit New Jersey

There are many different gambling venues in New Jersey. Most consider this state the second-largest gambling hub in the country. Today, news broke that two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed here.

It’s unclear exactly how many people in the US have already been infected with this virus. Estimates list it at around 200. Most feel the true number is significantly higher.

New York has already recorded several cases of the coronavirus. New Jersey now has several of its own. The second was confirmed to be a patient in his 30s. It’s unclear whether or not he managed to spread the virus to others.

Some worry about this virus hitting Atlantic City. Here, thousands of people are crammed inside massive casinos. These gambling venues are ideal places for the virus to spread from person to person.

This virus has the potential to significantly damage a state’s casino industry. Several major Las Vegas casino companies are already seeing their stock prices fall after reports of a coronavirus infection in Clark County. We’ll be monitoring the situation in New Jersey and reporting on how quickly it spreads.

Lawmakers Take Another Look at New Jersey Casino Bills

Back in 2016, several New Jersey politicians presented a bill that would allow for new gambling venues to be constructed outside of Atlantic City. The plan was to allow casinos in the suburbs near the border with New York. Some felt it would help to draw in most tourists.

Interestingly, lawmakers unanimously voted to reject these plans. Many felt this would take away from the revenue that Atlantic City earns. AC relies heavily on its gambling industry for money.

In January, another set of New Jersey casino bills was introduced that once again calls for the legalization of casinos outside of Atlantic City. Lawmakers are looking at this bill and feel it may be a way to prepare in case Atlantic City suffers some type of breakdown.

Ralph Caputo, a former casino executive in New Jersey, spoke about the bills to the media this week.

“We want to see Atlantic City succeed,” he said. “These bills are in case Atlantic City gets into trouble. The signal it sends is that we’re watching carefully to see if we need to act on this. But not at this time; I want to make that clear.”

The Casino Association of New Jersey still opposes these plans. It remains to be seen whether or not the plans will be approved.

Esports Betting Starts to Take Off in New Jersey

The popularity of Esports betting has taken off in recent years. This is especially true with younger people who enjoy watching video game streams through platforms like Twitch. Recently, lawmakers in New Jersey presented plans to start regulating Esports gambling.

This has been a long time coming. Many have asked state officials to present bills to allow Esports wagering, arguing that the revenue it earns the state would be massive. Now, this form of sports betting will be allowed during tournaments not involving minors.

The aforementioned Ralph Caputo commented on this decision, as well.

“This is the next big thing in gaming,” he said. “We want to be ahead of the curve on this. The millennial generation is into this in a major way.”

Esports betting is expected to be a massive success here. Soon, sportsbooks across the state will start offering odds on this new industry. We’ll get revenue reports on this industry soon.

The New Jersey casino bills are still being discussed by lawmakers. We’ll get a better idea as to how the state views these plans over the next few months.

It’s an interesting time in the state’s gambling industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway is On Its Way

New Jersey legalized sports betting back in June of 2018, less than a month after the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Since that time, the state’s sports betting industry has grown dramatically. This week, a measure to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway was approved by a city council.New Jersey

It’s exciting news for visitors to this racetrack. It should help to bring in significantly more money to the state, too. Today, we’ll look at the state of NJ’s sports betting industry.

Let’s get into it!

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Lawmakers in New Jersey were instrumental in getting the Supreme Court to remove PASPA. Many analysts felt that this state would quickly develop a large and successful sports gambling industry. These predictions have turned out to be correct.

Gambling revenue in this state has continued to increase since sports betting laws were approved. The majority of money is being earned in Atlantic City. Here, a huge number of major casino-resorts are operating.

Allowing sports betting helped to significantly improve Atlantic City. A massive influx of visitors began flocking here to make their wagers through land-based sportsbooks. As a result, casino revenue increased here, too.

This industry growth isn’t slowing down, either. Revenue continues to increase here. New reports indicate that January of 2020 saw a 23% revenue increase from the same month the year prior.

Now, sports betting at Freehold Raceway is being discussed. Owners of this track have spoken about plans to allow sports gambling for years. Now, these plans are finally being put in motion.

Sports Betting at Freehold Raceway May Come in 2020

It’s amazing to see land-based sports betting continue to generate revenue in New Jersey. Some felt this would eventually taper off, as online sports gambling is freely available throughout the state. This goes to show that many individuals still prefer to make their bets the only fashioned way.

Another venue is now preparing to allow this form of gambling. Officials at the Freehold Raceway received approval from the city council to offer sports betting at the track. Now, owners of the racetrack will need to request a sports betting license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Steve Gallo, a Freehold Borough Administrator, commented on these plans to the media this week.

“What we have is a very preliminary two-page document that states their plan is to do some renovations within the envelope of the existing structure,” he said. “They’re not adding anything new. It’s not going to trigger any major land use application or anything like that, and this is their first step towards getting a license from the DGE.”

That’s certainly true. This is just the first step needed to allow sports betting at Freehold Raceway. It may be some time before any sports gambling options actually open here.

The state’s other two race tracks currently allow sports betting. Since launching sportsbooks, the tracks have brought in a combined $250 million in sports gambling revenue. Freehold Raceway now wants a piece of that revenue pie.

Is The Coronavirus Having an Effect On Atlantic City?

Since December of 2019, the world has been working to contain the spread of Covid-19, a coronavirus originating in Wuhan China. Thus far, containment efforts have failed. The virus has now spread all over the world including the United States.

About 130 people have been infected across 16 states. Several deaths have now occurred in different states. Washington is the worst-affected state right now.

No cases have yet been confirmed in New Jersey. New York, on the other hand, is dealing with a rising infection rate. It seems like just a matter of time before NJ is hit.

This virus can take a significant toll on the casino industry. It essentially forced Macau to shut down for weeks. Some worry about the effects that the Coronavirus will have on Las Vegas.

For now, Atlantic City remains safe from the new virus. It remains to be seen how officials will tackle this issue. Closing casinos here may eventually be the only option.

Sports betting at Freehold Raceway is on its way. This is exciting news for those in the Freehold Borough area.

Stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Could Esports be New Jersey’s Next Big Gambling Market?

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Since legalizing sports betting in 2018, New Jersey has only shown positive results from the sports wagering market. In fact, the Garden State hit a new record for the month of January, with over $540 million wagered. That’s more than Las Vegas has ever made in revenue leading up to the month of January, having yet to surpass the $500 million mark.

Casino Retail Revenue Internet Revenue Total Revenue
Bally’s $164,575 $491,164 $655,739
Borgata $723,927 $2,460,264 $3,184,191
Golden Nugget $116,266 $431,643 $547,909
Hard Rock $4,467 $340,933 $336,466
Harrah’s $107,424 $0 $107,424
Ocean Casino $377,369 $1,963,678 $2,341,047
Resorts Casino $163,436 $15,895,379 $16,058,815
Tropicana $100,288 $74,379 $174,667
Meadowlands Racetrack $4,275,047 $22,197,511 $26,472,558
Monmouth Racetrack $833,716 $2,799,094 $3,682,810

With the market in sports wagering doing so well, it points to the realm of esports being the next big, natural extension for the gambling market in New Jersey.

Esports: A Market Made for Millennials

In 2019 alone, data retrieved from Newzoo showed that esport’s global revenue passed the $1 billion mark. By 2023, viewership is projected to reach 646 million, at a steady 9% compounded annual growth rate, according to Business Insider Intelligence.

Extending the law to reach esports would diversify New Jersey’s growth market, especially since the esports market is predominately made of millennials, the generation who grew up on video games. It gives New Jersey a chance to diversify not only their growth channels, but the demographics making up their revenue earnings.

While physical, on-site gambling has typically appealed to the older demographic, online gamblers are by large made up of younger participants. Factor in esports gamblers, and you lower the overall age group of gambling across the different markets.

So far, the legalized sports law has bipartisan support in the lower house of the legislature and support from the state’s gambling regulator.

The Global Rise of Esports

For the past decade really, esports has been on the steady rise in the US, and it only continues to grow in popularity with each passing year. Thanks to the gaming generation and streaming culture, and online platforms like YouTube, Twitch and Mixer, competitive video gaming has become not only extremely popular, but profitable.

In fact, top participants in gaming tournaments are raking in seven-figures. Top players even become recognized celebrities in the world of esports. Video game players can even earn significant amounts of money through paid sponsorships, wearing jerseys with sponsors name with they live stream.

Esports popularity isn’t just found in the US either but has expanded its reach to countries like South Korea, Vietnam, China, Germany, and France, to name a few.

N.J. Earns $837m from Mobile Sports Bettors in N.Y., Stats Put Pressure On Albany

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After a new study reported that New Jersey has received a mind-boggling $837 million in sports bets from mobile gamblers that live in New York, the pressure is on to legalize mobile sports betting in the Empire State.

New York is losing out in millions in tax revenue dollars, and with the state facing a whopping $6 billion deficit, the time to bet on legalized sports betting is now. One lawmaker is looking to change the current start of legalized mobile wagering as soon as possible, to prevent losing out even further.

State Senator, Joseph Addabbo, one of the biggest advocates of legalizing mobile sports betting in the state, said New York is “losing money in terms of educational funding. We are losing job growth. We’re losing the fact that we have an illegal activity already going on here in sports betting — we’re not recapturing that revenue. So, New York is losing out on a very large, growing market at this point.”

In response to whether New York has a market for legalized sports betting? Addabbo said confidently:

“Oh yes, our residents can’t wait to do this. They want accessibility in their own state. They want to do it in a safe environment, legally, in their own state. They are tired of going to New Jersey. They are tired of having an offshore, European online account, where it is questionable where their money is. They want to make sure they’re using the organized, regulated, safe mobile sports betting right here in New York state.”

Mobile Sports Betting Standstill in N.Y.

While Senator Addabbo is all for legalizing mobile sports betting in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is on the opposing side. Cuomo didn’t include mobile sports betting revenue in his executive budget for the 2021 fiscal year, even going as far as calling online betting “irresponsible” in his state address.

According to Cuomo, “this is not the time to come up with creative although irresponsible revenue sources to solve a problem which doesn’t really exist.”

The time is ticking to get the governor on board for mobile sports gambling legalization. According to Addabbo, the state has until March to do just that. And their best bet is getting it put into the budget:

“We can introduce a separate bill, but it’s much more likely if it goes in the budget,” Addabbo said.

Legal Sports Betting in N.Y.

Although legalized mobile betting isn’t a possibility in the state as of now, Governor Cuomo has included a small sports betting expansion in his budget proposal.

Currently, on-site sports betting is allowed at authorized casinos, and restricted to those casino’s designated sports lounge areas. Cuomo’s expansion would allow gamblers to bet anywhere on casino grounds, not just the designated sports lounge areas.

The authorized New York casinos include: Resorts World Catskills, Rivers Resort & Casino Schenectady; Tioga Downs, and del Lago Casino & Resort.

In full-service casinos operated by the Akwesasne Mohawk, Oneida, and Seneca nations, sports betting in their lounges is also permissible.

Caesars-Eldorado Merger Deal Pending New Jersey’s Approval

Ariel View of Atlantic CityThe $17.3 billion merger between Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Eldorado Resorts Inc. is still dependent on approval from 14 state regulatory agencies and the Federal Trade Commission, including New Jersey.

So far, four state regulatory bodies have approved of the merger, including Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Iowa and Illinois.

The merger will grant Eldorado Resorts control of close to 60 casinos in the country. While no explicit deadline for New Jersey regulators to make an approval decision on the merger decision has been set, gaming operators expect a deal finalization within the first half of 2020.

One reason New Jersey could be delaying approval are concerns they’ve cited over the economic concentration the deal would cause in the state, and Atlantic City turning into something of a monopoly.

Dan Heneghan, former public information officer for the Casino Control Commission (now retired) and former casino beat reporter for The Press of Atlantic City, said state gaming regulators are “concerned about economic concentration in the casino industry for many of the same reasons that the (federal) Justice Department is concerned about monopolies in industry in general.”

“If you have a monopoly, or something close to a monopoly, there’s always the concern that the big player can effectively set prices,” Heneghan said.

Back in September, Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts presented a joint petition to NJ regulators, and stated their intentions of providing an economic analysis that would disprove their merger would cause an undue economic concentration.

New Jersey and Atlantic City Play Major Role in Deal

Since the newly formed company will control nearly half of the resort’s casinos (four out of the nine total casinos), New Jersey and AC will play a major role in the deal. Under its current designations, the company merger will employ 40% of casino industry workers in Atlantic City and represent almost 37% of their total gaming revenue.

Currently, Caesars Entertainment has three outstanding deed restrictions on former casino properties. Those include the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, the Claridge Hotel and the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City. These restrictions disallow them to operate as gaming parlors and adds some stress to the current deal.

The Attorney General’s Office, who advised that New Jersey gaming regulators would also be retaining an expert, said this in an email:

“As required by law, the Division is responsible for ensuring the honesty, integrity and financial stability of casino licensees. Part of this process is analyzing the economic impact of casino acquisitions such as the Eldorado / Caesars merger. As part of this process the Division has retained an economic expert to assist with the review of this merger.”

About the Caesars-Eldorado Merger Deal

Eldorado Resorts $17.3 billion acquisition of Caesars Entertainment is slated to become the world’s largest casino operator in terms of gaming assets. To acquire 51% of Caesars, Eldorado will pay $7.2 billion in cash and 77 million shares of stock, as well as taking on Caesars’ existing debt.

Upon regulatory approval, Caesars will merge with Eldorado subsidiary Colt Merger Sub Inc and a new, wholly owned Eldorado subsidiary will exist and operate under the Caesars name.

New Jersey Lotto Winners Now Have Choice to Remain Anonymous

Lottery Winner Holding Winning Powerball CheckLottery winners in the state of New Jersey will now have the choice to remain anonymous. This is following a new law that Governor Phil Murphy signed on Tuesday. This bill passed the state Senate and Assembly without a single dissenting vote earlier this month.

Under the new law, the state lottery commission must set rules and regulations that permit lottery players to keep their identities unknown to the public.

Murphy signed S-2267, which makes an exemption to the Open Public Records Act, which allows people who win hefty amounts of money while playing the New Jersey lottery to have the option to have their identity withheld.

The original resolution, which was signed into law in November of 1969, required winners of large amounts of money to reveal their identities to the public. This has come in the form of press conferences, OPRA requests, and press releases.

“To amend, repeal, or supplement any such rules and regulations from time to time as it deems necessary or desirable, and to establish by regulation that holders of winning tickets or shares may choose to remain anonymous indefinitely and that the identity of a holder choosing such option shall not be included under materials available to public inspection,” the amendment says.

New Jersey isn’t the first state to allow winners to opt for anonymity. They join a growing list of states who also permit privacy, which are Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Arizona and Virginia also passed their own privacy bills last year.

Some states allow players to claim prizes anonymously through trusts. While many states have laws that dictate a winner’s name, hometown, and prize amount become public information.

Avoiding the “Lottery Curse”

The New Jersey law’s sponsors say this bill targets a phenomenon that is often referred to as the “lottery curse.”

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement that the curse often brings about harassment and threats. It usually occurs after winners’ identities are released to the public.

“The winners should have the option of remaining anonymous if they want to stay out of the limelight and away from unwanted attention,” Sweeney said.

Jason Kurland, a New York-based “lottery lawyer,” said that the best advice for new lottery winners is to keep your mouth shut and call a lawyer:

“Don’t advertise it,” Kurland said. “Don’t tell too many people you won. If your name’s out there, everyone comes out. Not only family you haven’t spoken to in a long time, but charities. Mostly good. But some are bogus.”

In 2018, the winner of what was then the eighth biggest jackpot in US history — a $560 million Powerball prize — successfully sued the New Hampshire Lottery for the right to remain anonymous.

The judge in the case said he was in no doubt that the New Hampshire woman, known only as Jane Doe, would be subject to “an alarming amount of harassment, solicitation, and other unwanted communications” should her name be revealed. Her right to privacy “outweighed the public’s interest in the disclosure of her name,” he ruled.

Opponents argue that requiring winners’ names to be available to the public promotes transparency within the industry. And this transparency is supposed to promote the perception that the lottery has integrity. The publicity is also good for business because it puts real faces and names to real winners. Apparent, the attention brought in by a jackpot winner usually results in a large spike in lottery sales for the upcoming draw.

Not Completely Anonymous

Even with the new law, winners of the New Jersey state lottery won’t be flying completely under the radar. Their identity will just be unavailable to the press and the public eye. State agencies will still be able to share their details internally, so they can remove things like outstanding child support payments, public assistance overpayments, and defaulted student loan payments before handing over the earnings.