ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-Several experts say that online gaming, which became legal with Gov. Chris Christie’s approval Tuesday, will bolster Atlantic City casinos – not hamper them with competition, in a story from NJ Biz.

Israel Posner, director of the Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton College, said that new casinos in New York and Pennsylvania have drawn gamblers away, so they don’t travel to New Jersey.  The Internet will draw them back, according to Posner.

“What the Internet does is it connects them to a New Jersey casino operator,” Posner said. “Once they open up the account and get familiar to the game, they will drive.”

William Pascrell III, a lobbyist representing an online poker company that is trying to acquire the Atlantic Club Casino, said the bill gives “bricks and mortar casinos a chance to re-examine their business model.” 

Pascrell said the Atlantic City casinos will be able to “marry” their brand to an online provider to attract gamblers to the city and keep them interested after they visit. 

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