According to Wayne Parry of the Associated Press, the industry for online casinos has enormous potential for growth and expansion in the United States.
During the East Coast Gaming Congress, executives from online gambling businesses and their technology partners mentioned that the quick expansion of sports betting has created a ready-made infrastructure and regulatory framework for online casino games.
Currently, online casino games are only legal in certain states, such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Delaware and Connecticut. Conference speakers said three or four more states would follow suit soon, including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and New York.
Executive director of the New Jersey Lottery James Carey said that more than a dozen states sold lottery tickets over the internet.
“I’m confident there’s plenty of room for growth,” Jeffrey Millar, commercial director of North American operations for Evolution, said.
Meanwhile, David Rebuck, New Jersey’s top gambling regulator and director of the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, noted that the growth of the online gambling industry is currently in the “infancy stage.”
CEO of Chicago-based online gambling company Rush Street Interactive Richard Schwartz said states that already legalized sports betting are excellent candidates to allow the legalization of online casino games.
“They already have regulators in place,” Schwartz said. “They have servers in place. It’s quicker to start up a casino addition.”
Sports betting is currently legal in 31 states, including Washington, D.C., with more on the way.
According to the American Gaming Association, since New Jersey legalized online gambling nine years ago, the state’s casinos have earned $4,79 billion from online gamblers. In comparison, Pennsylvania casinos have generated $2,47 billion since July 2019.
Other states have also disclosed their revenue successes. For instance, Michigan has earned $2 billion since January 2021 and Connecticut generated $199,7 million. West Virginia, too, recorded an impressive number with $137,4 million, while Delaware came in at $42,2 million.
New Jersey is poised to extend its law authorizing online gambling for another 10 years. The bill will be signed by the state’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, if it passes during the casino conference’s opening session on Thursday.
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