Gamble at Borgata On TV in Your Room
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced it will let guests gamble over hotel room TV sets, starting Monday, Feb. 18.
Its Allin Interactive’s ITV in-room gaming platform, DigiCasino™ program will let guests with player’s cards set up electronic accounts and risk up to $2,500 a day. Slots and four kinds of video poker will be the first games offered.
The casino says the technology can be expanded to include gambling over hand-held devices anywhere on casino property, which New Jersey recently authorized, and full Internet gambling, if the state approves it.
“This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on,” said Tom Balance, the Borgata’s president and chief operating officer. “We’re moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step.”
John Forelli, the casino’s vice president of information technology, said it is designed not only as an added amenity, but to get players comfortable with electronic gambling accounts for the day when Internet wagering comes to New Jersey. Although Gov. Chris Christie last week vetoed an Internet gambling bill, he said he would sign one with some moderate changes.
The E-casino program will be subject to a 90-day trial period by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The technology is currently used on large cruise ships. It will be available in all 2,000 of the Borgata’s rooms.