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Is This The Future Of Legal Online Gambling?

Submitted by on February 13, 2013 – 11:17 am2 Comments
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Do you enjoy gambling? Do you go to the casino to do it? Do you wish that you could gamble even more than you already do when you’re at the casino? Then, one Atlantic City, N.J. hotel casino has got a treat for you. Beginning next week, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in A.C. in going to start letting guests gamble right on the television sets in their rooms. Thanks to a new form of technology, guests will be able to wager up to $2,500 per day right from the privacy and comfort of their own hotel rooms by using their Borgata player’s club card to prove that they are 21. The Borgata doesn’t expect to make a ton of money off the new technology. But, they are hoping that more people will stay at their hotel as a result of the technology.

“This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on,” Tom Balance, the president and COO of the Borgata, said this week. “We’re moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step.”

But, will the new technology help—or hurt—the Borgata? After all, one of the main reasons that people come to casinos to gamble is to go to the casinos. It’s not legal—not yet, at least—but if they wanted to gamble on a screen, they could do that from the privacy of their own homes. At the same time, Balance has a point. If Internet gambling is the future, then casinos like the Borgata would be well served by getting on board right now so that, one day, they can host Internet gambling sites of their own. This move gives the Borgata a leg up on the competition and puts them in a good place when it comes to winning over new customers.

Still, there are those out there who are going to steer clear of gambling in their rooms at the Borgata. After all, they pay for the experience of the Borgata when they stay there—which includes more than just what goes on in their rooms.

“I like the ambience of being down here on the casino floor,” one customer told the AP recently. “I like the noise of my machines. In my room, I’d find it depressing, to be honest.”

We’re sure that customer isn’t alone, either. But, even if “room gambling” doesn’t catch on as the next big casino feature, what the Borgata is doing right now will help them out in the future.

Would you gamble in your room at a casino if the feature was offered to you? Let us know below.

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