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Dana White, Frankie Edgar and JWoww try out online casino games
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced on Monday that six casinos and their online operators are ready for the full-scale launch in the state, opening the doors for the new online gambling industry in the Garden State.
Over 10,000 players registered during the trial period and when the light turned green, they rushed into the online casinos now regulated in New Jersey. Amongst the surprising number of players to take part in the action was the President of the mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship – Dana White.
Dana White brags about online winnings on Twitter
The UFC star tweeted about his hot streak over the internet as he won $33,500 at Ultimate Casino, one of the new online gambling sites in New Jersey launched as a collaboration between the Trump Taj Mahal casino and Station Casinos. White also brought with him the favorite MMA fighter in New Jersey, Frankie Edgar, and JWoww from the TV show “Jersey Shore”. However, the two didn’t do as well as the UFC president.
This is not the first time that White has played casino games as he is a regular high roller in Las Vegas, known for his big wins and very generous tips. He once won over $6 million while gambling at the casino tables and is known for tipping dealers for as much as $100,000 for their services and for bringing him good luck.
Compared to that, the win on Monday night seems like loose change but White also tweeted that he bet $220,000 on Ultimate Casino and that he was up. The Ultimate Gambler seemed to enjoy the online casino games and the lack of dealers at the table can help him save a nice amount of money during his hot streaks.
Online gambling in New Jersey
New Jersey is the biggest state by far to have legalized online gambling. Nevada was first to join the regulated iGaming space in the United States but only offers online poker, with two sites up and running for several months. Delaware was the first to launch a full scale of casino games with the three online casinos going live earlier this month.
All of these states can only accept players from within their respective borders and geolocation systems using mobile phones make sure that this rule is followed. The larger population in New Jersey gives it a much bigger player pool for online gaming in a state already known for its casino industry in Atlantic City.
The new and exciting gambling options are expected to attract more players and the $1.2 billion in online revenue predicted by Governor Chris Christie for the rest of the fiscal year does not seem so far-fetched anymore. There are however some issues that still need to be fixed and the strong opposition from Sheldon Adelson can affect the revenue for the online casinos as well.