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In anticipation for the Tuesday launch of internet gambling in New Jersey, many gamblers are optimistic about the future of this new venture that is expected to help ailing Atlantic city casinos get back on their feet.  

Atlantic city casinos have been hit hard ever since gambling became legal in many jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Before the late 1970s, the only place in the US where one could gamble was Las Vegas. 

Then came Atlantic city.  

People were standing shoulder to shoulder in the east coast's first casino 'Resorts' when it opened in 1978.  

In the early 2000s, lawmakers in Pennsylvania felt that putting casinos in racetracks would help cut their property taxes.  The concept of 'racinos'  were such a hit, that it soon spread all over America.  Now, a 'racino' in Queens, NY called Resorts World, is the most profitable casino in the United States.

As gambling spread through-out the race tracks and cities, profits in Atlantic City started to dwindle.  

That's why Governor Christie proposed internet gambling, where the casinos in AC will get to run them and profit from them.

And the site looks like it is off to a good start.

Despite some initial glitches as a test period started last week, many gamblers say they managed to bet online, and others hope they, too, will get in on the action soon.

Chris Choy, of East Brunswick, easily registered with the World Series of Poker site Thursday and won $99 by the end of the night.

Poker coach Michel Gagliardo, of Glen Gardner, played for hours on the same site with few problems.

The casinos continue to test their sites and work on problems that shut out some gamblers in New Jersey. Regulators say they expected those problems and say they'll be worked out soon.

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