Beginning Monday, Feb. 18, the casino will offer hotel guests gaming options via their TVs
Normally when you are relaxing in your casino hotel room, you are taking a break from the casino action, resting up perhaps for your next assault on the slots, the poker room or a roulette wheel.
However, as of Monday, Feb. 18, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets. Allin Interactive’s ITV in-room gaming platform, DigiCasino™ program will let guests with player’s cards set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day. Slots and four kinds of video poker will be the first games offered.
The casino says the technology can be expanded to include gambling over hand-held devices anywhere on casino property, which New Jersey recently authorized, and full Internet gambling, if the state approves it.
“This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on,” says Tom Ballance, the Borgata’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step.”
John Forelli, the casino’s vice president of information technology, says it is designed not only as an added amenity, but to get players comfortable with electronic gambling accounts for the day when Internet wagering comes to New Jersey. Although Gov. Chris Christie last week vetoed an Internet gambling bill, he said he would sign one with some moderate changes.
The field trial will be a cooperative effort between the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), Borgata and Allin. The parties have worked together to enable flexible and responsible gaming options for Borgata’s guests while adhering to the mobile gaming legislation that was recently approved.
“We are pleased that Borgata has taken advantage of the mobile gaming regulations and that they will be the first in the country to offer this form of gaming experience. This demonstrates that the Governor’s efforts to strengthen opportunities for New Jersey casinos to remain competitive are working,” says New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck. “New Jersey is at the forefront of gaming technology and our slot laboratory has once again proven it is capable of evaluating very complex systems to ensure they meet the highest standards of security and integrity.”
The E-casino program will be subject to a 90-day trial period by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The technology is currently used on large cruise ships. It will be available in all 2,000 of the Borgata’s rooms.
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