Jersey slots linked to Nevada for bigger jackpots

Patrons play slot machines before the opening of Margaritaville at Resorts casino. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

More than 100 slot machines in 11 Atlantic City casinos are now linked with more than 600 machines at casinos in Nevada under a new effort to generate larger jackpots for gamblers, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced.

"Much like multistate lotteries, this new technology and cooperative regulatory agreements will allow combined progressive jackpots to grow, which should be very appealing to players looking for the opportunity to play for huge jackpots," said David Rebuck, New Jersey's director of gaming enforcement.

Rebuck's office in February approved regulations allowing interstate slots links with jackpots that increase in size as more people play.

Previously, an unspecified number of Atlantic City slots were connected to machines in South Dakota, the regulator said.