37K accounts set up for Internet gambling in N.J.

    Thousands of people have signed up for Internet gambling in the early days of its availability in New Jersey.

    The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says as of Thursday, more than 37,000 accounts had been created.

    Regulators could not say how many different gamblers actually made bets online. Some users have created accounts with more than one gambling site.

    On Thanksgiving alone, 5,000 new accounts were created.

    Full statewide Internet gambling began Monday afternoon in New Jersey after a five-day test period that started Nov. 21.

    It marks the biggest expansion of gambling in New Jersey since the first Atlantic City casino opened in 1978.

    New Jersey is the third state in the nation to offer online gambling, after Nevada and Delaware.

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