New Jersey’s Dicey Launch of Internet Gambling

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New Jersey is about to initiate the largest gambling surge in the United States since 1978, the year it allowed casinos to open in Atlantic City. On Nov. 26, almost all of the state’s 9 million adult residents will be able to wager at virtual table games and digital slots – simply by using a desktop computer, smart phone, or tablet. Instead of driving to a bricks-and-mortar casino, adults in New Jersey will be able to gamble 24/7 at home in their pajamas, in a car, or at work on a mobile device. The easy access means many more people will throw away their money on the false promise of easy winnings and a misguided belief in luck. If past is precedent, many of them will be poor or addictive gamblers. And any minor with astute computer skills might be able to bypass a website’s system for checking an online gambler’s age…

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