Tech issues block people from NJ online bet test

November 21, 2013 • Business

Joseph Brennen of Ventnor, NJ logs on to a Harrah’s online casino on his laptop from a highway rest area in Egg Harbor Township, NJ on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, the first day of a test of Internet gambling in New Jersey. Security software designed to verify that players are within New Jersey’s border would not let him play in Atlantic City, one of several quirks with the system that were becoming known to players. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is allowing adults in the state to click a mouse or swipe a screen for a chance to win money, making it only the third state to offer online gambling.

A five-day trial period of Internet gambling began Thursday night when players invited by casinos to test their systems made real-money bets online.

If all goes well, Internet gambling will be available to gamblers in New Jersey starting Tuesday. The only other states with online gambling are Nevada and Delaware.

It wasn’t going well for Joseph Brennen. The unemployed bartender from Ventnor was excitedly trying to log on to any gambling site that would take him. Sitting in a McDonald’s, with the Atlantic City Boardwalk casinos glittering in the distance, he kept getting security messages Login to read more

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