[The Washington Times]

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Internet gambling analysts and casino executives say the increased use of cellphones to place bets could accelerate the growth of the nascent industry in the state.

“Mobile applications will play an enormous piece of the puzzle in online wagering, which is why we are so positive and see so much upside in months ahead,” said Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which began offering gambling Monday over Android cellphones on 3G and 4G networks.

Lupo’s casino also allows phones using WiFi connections to access its online gambling sites.

The casinos won $7.4 million over the Internet in December. January’s $9.5 million represented a 28 percent increase. But Lupo said those numbers don’t take into account the vast potential of gambling over mobile devices and phones, which is starting to happen. Nearly 200,000 online gambling accounts had been created in New Jersey through the end of January.

Casinos including the Borgata; Caesars Atlantic City; the Tropicana Casino and Resort; Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, and the Trump Taj MahalCasino Resort offer Internet gambling over mobile devices, while the Golden Nugget Atlantic City plans to launch the service next month.


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