Thirty-seven firms have applied to get a piece of the legal Internet gambling when it's launched in New Jersey later this year.The state Gaming Enforcement Division says it received the applications by Monday's deadline.

The names of the firms won't be made public by the state until they are approved.

Under a law signed this year, casinos with a physical presence in Atlantic City will be allowed to offer online betting in November. All 12 of the city's casinos have said they want to offer online casinos.

All the vendors in the enterprise must be licensed. Monday's deadline was for those groups.

At least two international online gambling companies have been trying to buy existing casinos.