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Atlantic City OKs portable gaming devices

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New Jersey has cleared the way for casino patrons to gamble on their iPads, smartphones and mobile devices issued by the casino.

The state Gaming Enforcement Division has issued regulations governing gambling on handheld devices that took effect on Monday.

"We are looking forward to having Atlantic City casinos take advantage of mobile gaming and we see these regulations as one more step in the expansion of gaming opportunities afforded to Atlantic City customers," Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck stated.

The rules would allow electronic versions of dice, card and electronic slot  games.

Mobile gaming would only be allowed in any area located on the casino property, including swimming pools and excluding parking garages and parking areas.

Patrons would be limited to a $2,500 daily limit.

Technology exists that can render them inoperable beyond certain geographic bounds. The only parts of casino property where they'd be off-limits are parking lots and garages.

The move to allow handheld gambling devices is one of several expansions of gambling that New Jersey plans for Atlantic City, which is locked in fierce competition with casinos in neighboring states.

Amid uncertainty about whether Internet gambling will ultimately be approved or banned, the Atlantic City casinos seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach before actually offering hand-held gambling.

Lisa Spengler, a spokeswoman for the division, said no casino has yet applied to begin using such devices.

That may be because it would entail significant costs for casinos that might prove to be a waste if Internet gambling is approved, either within New Jersey or nationwide

The temporary regulations will remain in effect for 270 days with a proposal for final regulations within 60 days.

Copyright 2012 MyFoxNY.com/The Associated Press.

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