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APNewsBreak: NJ allows physical skill-based gambling

February 13, 2015

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — An Atlantic City casino is about to redefine casino gambling by introducing a new style of wagering: competition based on a physical skill rather than luck.

Executives at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa told The Associated Press on Friday that they’ve gotten permission from New Jersey gambling regulators to host a basketball contest next month in which players shoot free throws for money.

It’s the first of what promises to be many skill-based events that let gamblers take greater control over the outcomes of their bets, rather than relying on a roll of the dice, spin of the wheel or deal of the cards.

“This is a first step, something we’ve never been able to do until now,” said Joe Lupo, the casino’s senior vice president. “A year from now, you’ll probably see a lot more of these skill-based tournaments or even games on the casino floor.”

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