If you were a betting man or woman, you would have been right if you went all in with your custom poker chips on New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, to be the next one to sign a bill legalizing internet gambling. It took the legislators three times to get it right, with Christie vetoing the bill the last time out. But the veto was actually a victory for the online gambling crowd because Christie let them know what changes had to be made in the bill in order for him to sign it. And sign it he did, making New Jersey the third state (after Nevada and Delaware) to legalize online poker.
New Jersey, with its brick and mortar casino industry already up and running like Nevada, is eager to test software and issue licenses to save the struggling casinos of Atlantic City and bring millions of dollars of revenue into the state. For now, this legislation is only for the residents of New Jersey, but like those that preceded it, the hope is that agreements will be made with other states in the near future. Playing Internet poker at home in your jammies? Yes, it’s coming to us all.