The bill would have legalized the online playing, for money, of any game currently offered at Atlantic City’s casinos, including poker. It would have taxed Internet gambling revenues at 10 percent, up from the 8 percent that the casinos pay for money won on their premises.
Donald Weinbaum, executive director of the Council On Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, said the state currently has about 350,000 problem gamblers, a number that would surely grow if the ease of online gambling was offered.
Weinbaum said existing treatment and prevention programs for compulsive gambling are woefully underfunded. The bill would have required each Internet gambling licensee to pay $150,000 toward compulsive gambling treatment and prevention programs.
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