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Jersey Gambling Commission Accepting Applications

29 January 2012 by Devon Chappell

With all the talk about the U.S. State of New Jersey considering the prospects of regulating online gambling, when I first heard that the Jersey Gambling Commission is beginning to accept remote online gaming license applications, I admittedly did a double take. Last time I heard, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie sent back the bill that would have brought online poker and possibly other forms of online gambling to the Garden State.

This thought was soon replaced with the realization that we’re talking about the Jersey Gambling Commission, not the New Jersey Gambling Commission. Officially called the Bailiwick of Jersey, Jersey is a British Crown Dependency channel island off the coast of France. Following suit of fellow channel islands – Guernsey and Alderney (the latter of which is part of Guernsey), not to mention the nearby Isle of Man – the Jersey Gambling Commission is a relatively new player in the online gambling scene, having come into force in late 2010.

And now that the Commission is up and running, currently licensing Ladbrokes and William Hill betting shops, remote hosting providers like Jersey Telecom and accredited testing laboratories the likes of Gaming Laboratories International, the stage is set for online casino operators and software developers, like Playtech, to call Jersey home.

In fact, Playtech has recently become the first operator to apply for a Jersey remote gambling license, following months of negotiations. According to Playtech CEO, Mor Weizer, considering that many Playtech licensees already have set up shop in nearby Alderney and Isle of Man, giving current and future licensees a third, competitive option makes good business sense. And being the world’s largest publicly traded online gaming software developer, Playtech certainly knows what makes for good business sense.

Online gamblers in European regulated gaming markets, should expect to see Playtech powered online casinos sporting the Jersey Gambling Commission Seal very soon in 2012.

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