Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, the consistent frontrunner among the 12 Atlantic City (AC) casinos, is so far, still the undisputed leader by being the first to receive a permit to offer online casino gaming in the State of New Jersey. Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boyd Gaming Corporation, a multi-jurisdictional U.S. gaming company that has operations in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey.
Boyd Gaming has a standing agreement with European gaming software company, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, for the latter to provide the online gaming platform and content of Boyd’s terrestrial casinos not only in New Jersey but also in Nevada.
Although Boyd’s Borgata Hotel Casino succeeded in its bid to have its Internet wagering application approved as early as possible, there is no telling if AC’s leading casino will also be the first to receive the go-signal to go on a 5-day trial-run in NJ before November 26, 2013. Boyd’s chosen gaming technology provider, Bwin.Party still has to secure its own NJ license, before it can offer its brand of gaming technology in the Garden State, via Borgata Hotel Casino.
In Nevada, an air of uncertainty hovers over Bwin.Party’s petition for a license, since the company has not yet received even an endorsement or recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). This is notwithstanding the fact that Bwin’s Nevada partners Boyd Gaming and MGM Resort had already received license to offer Internet gambling a year ago. However, the two casino giants were forced to file applications for extension twice in a row since then, because their web-based partner Bwin.Party has not yet been granted a Nevada online gambling license.