N.J. casinos taking bets on video tournament industry

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks are now taking bets on competitive video game tournaments, looking to expand the state’s fast-growing sports betting industry to the $1 billion video tournament market.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement gave approval Thursday to wagering on what gambling companies hope will be a significant new source of revenue from young people who are not enamored of traditional casino games but spend hours on end playing and watching video games.

The Borgata casino took New Jersey’s first bet Thursday on the League of Legends championship this week in Paris.

Major gambling companies including Casesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have invested in esports tournaments and facilities.

The market research firm Newzoo puts esports at a $1.1 billion market this year worldwide, up nearly 27% from a year earlier. The company projects $1.8 billion in economic activity by 2022.

Delaware residents with tainted wells to get help

DOVER, Del. — Officials are preparing to send potable water to properties near Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after private wells were found to have chemical contaminants exceeding federal health advisory levels.

The Delaware State News reported Dover’s utility committee voted Oct. 29 to waive an annexation requirement so the properties could get city water service. State officials announced in July that military officials had notified them about wells contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalykyl substances. Such chemicals are found in various products, including firefighting foam that has been used at military bases nationwide.

City Manager Donna Mitchell says Dover wants the waiver in preparation of the base coming forward and requesting water service help, which she says it has yet to do. The base has been providing bottled water to affected properties.

PennDOT braces for storm bringing an inch of snow

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is activating its Incident Command Center on Thursday afternoon ahead of a winter storm expected to drop as much as one inch of snow in the Wilkes-Barre area.

The storm moving through the region is expected to bring rain on Thursday, changing over to snow Thursday night. The National Weather Service was predicting snowfall totals of “an inch or less.”

PennDOT announced it will have crews treating roadways until the storm passes. The agency posts road conditions online at www.511PA.com.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

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