New Jersey Online Gambling is a Success

November 30, 2013

New Jersey online poker players had a lot to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving. Five thousand new online gambling accounts were set up last Thursday, making the entire number of live New Jersey online gambling accounts more than 32,000 since November 21st when the first online gambling testing began. With the testing phase over for more than a week now, it’s clear to see that New Jersey was ready for online gambling.

While some of the accounts may be set up by the same individuals, it’s still an impressive number, especially when compared to Delaware, where participation was scarce.

New Jersey began offering statewide online gambling last Monday afternoon, marking the biggest expansion of New Jersey gambling since 1978 when the first casino in Atlantic City opened its doors.

New Jersey online gambling consists of card games and slots that is provided in conjunction with the 12 land-based casinos in the city.

One player interviewed says he has played on more than one New Jersey online casino, but prefers Caesars Entertainment’s WSOP site, which was favored by a lot of players, apparently, during the first week.

Ridgewood’s Matthew Pineault says, “I haven’t had the time I would like to play, but turned my $250 deposit into almost $1,200. I requested a cash-out of my original deposit ($250) and that went fairly seamlessly. I had to send them a copy of my bank statement, but they were willing to accept a picture and that was easier for me. I still haven’t seen the funds but it’s only been 3 days, so no concerns yet.”

Six Atlantic City casinos launched online poker sites last week including the Borgata, the Tropicana, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Caesars, and Bally’s. The Golden Nugget is still working out some kinks in the backend, but plans to be up and running within another week or so.

So the verdict’s out: New Jersey is in fact a lucrative market for online gamblers and will likely do well in the future, especially once an intrastate network is opened up that will allow all players from legal US poker states to participate in real money online gambling at other online-gambling-friendly states in the country.

Of course, there’s always going to be opposition, but states that are already used to the idea of land-based gambling are seemingly better prepared to accept online forms of it (e.g. Nevada and now New Jersey).


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