Online Gambling in Atlantic City

For better or for worse, online gambling is coming to New Jersey.

In late February, Chris Christie officially signed into law a bill that legalized internet gambling in Atlantic City.

Initially the bill was vetoed by the Governor because of issues surrounding transparency and taxes. Lawmakers adjusted the text and the amended bill passed by an overwhelming majority in the legislature and earned Christie’s seal of approval.

Here are the basics of the bill:

- Casinos located in Atlantic City will be able to apply for a license to offer online gambling. Only the twelve official Atlantic City casinos will be eligible for the license. No other organizations can offer internet gambling, and face stiff fines if they do. All facilities used for the operation of internet gambling must be located within city limits; only bets that are received by a server in Atlantic City will be legal.

- Players must be “physically present” in New Jersey to place wagers. In the future, New Jersey may develop agreements with other states where internet gambling is legal to permit out-of-state gambling. The casino’s equipment must verify players’ locations before accepting wagers.

- Any games available to play in the casinos can be played online. (For comparison, Nevada only allows poker.) As of now, sports betting will not be protected by this bill, although the state of New Jersey is trying to fight the federal statute barring the legalization of sports betting.

- The bill has all kinds of provisions to keep gambling addiction at bay, such as requiring the prominent display of the 1-800-GAMBLER hotline number, a way to set maximum bets and losses over a certain period of time, and tracking player losses to identify and limit users who may demonstrate addictive gambling behavior.

- Revenue from online gambling will carry a 15% tax. The Christie administration states that about $180 million in revenue for the state will be generated from this tax, but some analysts think this number is seriously overestimated.

The official regulations, which the bill required the Division of Gaming Enforcement to produce, were released on June 3, and are subject to a “public comment period” until August 2 before being finalized. These rules include details such as how a casino acquires the appropriate licenses and procedures for maintaining network security on gambling sites.

So, will online gambling actually benefit the state?

The Good

Revenues from Atlantic City casinos have been on the decline for the past seven years, and online gambling could be what saves the failing casinos. Since 2006, casino revenue has dropped from $5.2 billion to around $3 billion. Online gambling could be a $500 million to $1 billion industry in New Jersey, which may be enough to keep struggling casinos afloat and save jobs in Atlantic City. Further, even though estimates of tax revenue are all over the map, there is potential for online gambling to be a considerably valuable source of money for the state. The casinos will also have to pay a tax to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which will provide further assistance to struggling casinos in Atlantic City.

For the player, low overhead costs mean better prizes and more opportunities to play. Casinos can incent players with free “chips” that have minimal costs for them but give players more opportunities to play and win. The convenience of gambling online allows players to play more with less travel.

BAD:

One of the goals of the bill is supposedly to attract more people to visit the brick-and-mortar casinos, but it is hard to say if online gambling will actually lead to this outcome. One could speculate it could even cause people to go to the casinos less (However, this seems unlikely; the social element and the free drinks are lost in online gambling. Also, research indicates that, at least with poker, internet gaming does not reduce casino gaming.) Advertising for the host casino will be allowed on the online gambling sites, which could possibly encourage people to visit the casino but could also be annoying for players.

Online gambling could be seriously devastating for people who have gambling addictions, or even cause people to develop them, raising financial and moral concerns. Even with all the preventative steps the bill requires, it will definitely be much harder to cut off compulsive gamblers if they can place bets anywhere with an internet connection.

Regardless, it is going to be a while before the casinos can actually kick off their online gambling offerings. The regulations need to be finalized and casinos need to apply for licensure and develop their gambling websites. This means the casinos will not be enjoying this new source of revenue during the 2013 summer season, which could be Atlantic City’s toughest season ever following recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

Distracted Driving Is a Bigger Problem Than We Thought

The numbers do not lie: 37,150 people in the US died due to distracted driving in 2017. But, sadly that is not the worst part of the news. Researchers are finding that there is no single cause to preventing distracted driving.

This means that there is no direct route to a solution resulting in more and more deaths. Right now, the only thing proven to work is to spread awareness about distracted driving.

Another thing that experts are deciding to try is how to make smartphone connectivity to cars to take less attention. Almost every new car on the market makes it easy to connect your phone to your car.

You are able to stream music, map directions, and in some cases even order food, coffee, etc. This is taking many drivers’ attention away from the road, in drivers aged 17 to 22 spend at least 12% of their time behind the wheel messing with their smart phones. Any percentage of time on your phone behind the wheel is too much time directed away from the road.

Both Apple and Android have their own extensions for cars. At one point Apple demanded more of customers’ attention than the Android version when entering directions and getting from one place to another. But, when it came to texting Android was by far more of a distraction. However, both must make a change to reduce the threat of distracted driving.

With all of the new tech in cars, come inward facing cameras. Some people are not okay with that for privacy reasons which is understandable as to a degree, it is a basic right, in most peoples’ eyes. However, these cameras may help develop self-driving cars with the data it collects. Additionally, it may be our answer to solving the distracted driving epidemic.

The data the cameras collected from crashes and everyday driving habits can be analyzed by experts to determine how to make the new technology in vehicles less cognitively demanding or even develop an algorithm to prevent inappropriate use while the vehicle is in motion.

But, how much privacy are consumers really willing to give up? How much of their data are companies entitled to? Right now, there is not much regulation, but it is probably coming soon as new cars will soon all have this technology.

There must be some type of compromise because when this data is used appropriately, breakthroughs can happen. For example, a lot of the tracking built into these cars can prevent crimes. A lot of the data provided can solve the mystery of crashes, including distracted driving crashes and provoke ideas on how to prevent them. The results can save money on auto insurance, medical bills, and most importantly lives which are priceless.

Automobiles – Your Precious Possession

Global automobile companies like Mercedes, Hyundai Motors, Fiat, Ford, and Toyota etc have stepped into International markets. Now Indian automobile companies like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, and Mahindra etc. are also recognized as global manufacturers and keep on bringing new models of automobiles into the international market. This shows that people across the world are investing a lot on various car models launched by a number of manufacturing companies. Automobiles, whether it is a car or bike have become a possession of flaunting ones personality.

No doubt, people spend a lot on automobiles, in such a situation, automobile insurance becomes indispensable. Expensive cars and road bikes are no longer a necessity now they have become an inherent part of ones personality. Your precious automobile requires safety, proper care and our great vigilance. Also, vehicle theft is almost common in all the countries of the world and can cause you a loss of hefty sum of money, if by chance you lose your vehicle. In addition to these, possibility of road accidents whether you are living in any part of the world is something you can not deny. Here is when Automobile insurance comes into play. Automobile insurance safeguards you against any such heart-reckoning situation which can lead to loss of your costly vehicle earned by your hard-earned money. Now days with the facility of internet you can apply for automobile insurance online.Online automobile insurance makes an easy and less expensive way of getting your vehicle insured.

Besides this, your dream of owning a luxurious car has now become easy through the various car loans being offered. Now with the car loans facility you can buy a brand new SUV, MUV, jeep or even a small car.The new car loans provided by the various banks and financial firms enable a consumer to own the latest model of cars from various manufacturers, like: Maruti, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Fiat, Ford, Honda and many more. The size of the car loan usually depends on the type of the vehicle whether it is standard or premium, the percentage of financing and the cost of the vehicle. In case of a new car a loan of up to 90% of the total cost of the car can be availed. Normally the tenure of repayment of the auto car loans can vary from 1 to 5 years, but some banks offer a flexible relaxation up to 7 years. Auto Loan Calculator estimates the overall cost of purchasing a car, including the sales price, sales tax, and the many charges and fees that are thrown on you when you finally decide to make the purchase.

Automobile suppliers take care of all the needs of the customers related to the automobile they want to buy. The list of automobile suppliers is normally available online. You can check through internet and contact the automobile supplier of your area if you want to buy any car, bike etc. Also there are car rentals in India. Car Rental in India offers Luxury, Deluxe and cheap & budget car rental services in New Delhi, Agra, Goa, Mumbai and in almost all the big cities of India. Car rentals in India offer variety of cheap car rentals, luxury car hire, coach travel in India, coach holiday packages, discount car rental to put the customers at ease.