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NJ online casinos: The how, what and why
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A2578 into law on February 26, 2013. It legalized online poker and casino sites in New Jersey. The bill had broad support in both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature. It passed the Senate 35-1 and the Assembly 68-5.
There was a 5-day test period that started on November 21, 2013. Online action officially launched on November 26, 2013.
The only companies that are allowed to operate online gambling in New Jersey are the Atlantic City casino owners – the companies behind land-based operations like Caesars, Harrah’s, Resorts, and the Borgata.
New Jersey taxes online gambling revenue at a rate of 15 percent of gross gaming revenue. This is nearly double the 8 percent tax rate imposed on Atlantic City’s gross gaming revenue.
Atlantic City casinos are also required to reinvest 1.25 percent of their brick and mortar and internet gaming revenue into capital projects to create jobs and benefit Atlantic City.
All gaming servers for online casino and poker play must be located in Atlantic City to comport with a requirement of the New Jersey Constitution that gambling only take place within Atlantic City. Online casino and poker action is available to anyone that is physically located in New Jersey at the time of play.
There is no residency requirement. Visitors are welcome to play at NJ’s regulated online gambling sites. And you can set up an account and handle all of the banking related to your account from anywhere in the U.S.
Regulation of online gambling achieves three key aims for New Jersey.
The first is to generate tax revenue for the state, which online gambling has already proven quite adept at doing. At the end of 2016, online gambling sites had generated over $80 million dollars in tax revenue for New Jersey.
The second is to support New Jersey’s land-based casinos. It’s no secret that revenue from brick and mortar gambling in Atlantic City has taken a hit in recent years. NJ fell to number three in the U.S. in terms of gaming revenue for the first time in 2012. Pennsylvania, where many former Atlantic City customers were based, overtook the number two spot that year.
Until 2016 Atlantic City casino revenue has fallen every year since 2006. It is down nearly 50 percent from its peak. But online gambling – which is restricted to land-based casinos and their partners – provides a source of growth, generating over $500 million in direct revenue to date and giving Atlantic City casinos a new way to reach customers.
Perhaps most importantly, online gambling helped propel Atlantic City to its first year of growth in a decade during 2016, reversing a decade-long slide.
The third aim is to provide consumers with a truly safe and secure online gambling experience. Illegal offshore casinos have stolen millions of dollars from American customers. And players at such sites have no guarantee that games are fair. New Jersey regulations for online casinos guarantee the safety of player funds, and all games offered at NJ online casinos are full tested and vetted by the cutting-edge lab at the DGE.
NJ online casinos in 2017
In the three years that NJ’s online casinos have been up and running, Atlantic City casinos have enjoyed the benefits of an economic tool that not only provides an additional revenue source, but also a way to motivate new customers to come to the land-based casino properties.
Online casino play in NJ has enjoyed steady growth through 2016. At one point, the state managed to set revenue records in six consecutive months. Industry observers expect that the growth will continue throughout 2017 (although summer months typically tend to bring a slight downturn for online gambling sites, and New Jersey’s online casinos are no different), and see room for expansion among the regulated online casino sites in the state well into 2020.
Currently the online poker market in NJ is hotly contested by three operators: WSOP, Borgata, and PokerStars.
On the online casino side in 2017, it’s a similarly tight battle, with Borgata, Caesars, Tropicana, the Golden Nugget, and Resorts all posting impressive revenue from online slots, roulette, and other games available at their internet gambling sites.
Online casino is a larger market than online poker, generating some six to eight times the revenue in an average month.
2016 was the year that NJ online casinos have started to dramatically expand the products available at the legal and regulated online gambling sites in the state. For example, over 200 slots have been added in 2016, including popular titles like Guns N’ Roses that can be found both at the online casino site and on the gambling floor. The line between online and live gambling in NJ continued to blur with Golden Nugget’s introduction of live dealer games in August 2016.
That trend should continue for NJ online casinos in 2017 as casino continue to compete to win the business of players in New Jersey, players who are increasingly basing their choice of legal and regulated NJ online casinos on the slot titles, table games, and other features – that is to say, the content – available at each regulated online gambling site. That dynamic will ensure that NJ’s legal online casinos continue to introduce new content throughout 2017.
NJ online casino games
|NJ Online Slots||You can find hundreds of unique titles for slot play at NJ online casinos, including many popular titles from the casino floor and a wide array of progressives. Check out our dozens of in-depth slot reviews.|
|NJ Online Blackjack||Blackjack at NJ online casinos tends to be a better deal than live blackjack thanks to the more favorable rules and ability to place smaller bets.|
|NJ Online Craps||Craps can be an intimidating game, but online craps makes the action easy to learn and understand. Online craps games are a staple at NJ's online casino sites.|
|NJ Online Roulette||Roulette is perhaps the quintessential casino game, and it's a game you'll find available at all of NJ's online casinos - including variants with twists on the classic formula.|
|Live dealer casino games||The latest innovation at NJ's online casinos, live dealer games combine the best of both casino worlds.|
|NJ Online Video Poker||Video poker at NJ's online casinos offers games with higher paybacks than you might find at a typical Atlantic City machine. Learn more about the variants available and where to play them.|
|NJ Online Bingo||Bingo is not yet a standard at NJ's online casino websites, but we are starting to see a handful of online casino sites in the state offer bingo games.|
|Other Online Casino Games||Other casino games at NJ online casinos include table games such as Let It Ride, Pai Gow, Baccarat, and more.|
|NJ Sports Betting||Sports betting is not yet available in New Jersey thanks to a clash between state law and federal law. Keep up-to-date with the battle to bring sports betting to NJ.|
Responsible online gambling
|NJ Online Casino Responsible Gambling Tools|
A complete breakdown of all the responsible gambling options at NJ's legal online casinos, including how to access and utilize all of the tools provided.
|DGE Self-Exclusion Registration|
Use this online form to opt out of all of NJ's regulated online gambling sites at once. You can also use the responsible gambling features of individual casinos to opt out at single casino or for custom periods of time.
Resources, research and a 24-hour talk line for information regarding responsible gambling, both online and off, in New Jersey. Call 1-800-Gambler.
Online casinos in NJ: 2017 fact table
|How many legal online poker sites and casinos operate in New Jersey?||There are 20 authorized sites total.|
|How much revenue did NJ online casinos generate in 2015?||$149,029,795|
|How much revenue did NJ online casinos generate in 2016?||$196,858,741|
|How much revenue did NJ online casinos generate in 2017?||$37,542,188|
|How much tax revenue has NJ received from regulated online gambling to date?||$77,234,719|
|What is the connection between land-based Atlantic City casinos and online gambling?||Only land-based casinos are eligible to receive an Internet Gaming Permit. An IGP is a necessary precursor to operating a legal internet gambling site in NJ.|
|What is the leading online casino in New Jersey by revenue?||The Borgata is the largest if you're counting by total (casino + poker) revenue since launch. In any given month in 2017, the leading NJ online casino could be Borgata, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, or Caesars - the lead changes hands on a regular basis.|
|What sites are legal and licensed by New Jersey regulators?||A full list of licensed sites is available here. Only sites connected to an Internet Gaming Permit issued by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement may offer legal online gambling in NJ.|
|What's the largest jackpot paid to date by a NJ online casino?||$1,522,000, paid by Betfair on a Let It Ride Jackpot on February 23, 2015.|
|When did NJ's legal online casinos open?||The test period (also called "soft launch") started on November 21, 2013. The full launch occurred on November 26, 2013.|
|When did online gambling become legal in NJ?||February 26, 2013.|
|Where can I play using my mobile device?||Review our lists of mobile NJ online poker options and NJ mobile online casino options.|
|Who is responsible for regulating NJ online gaming?||The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.|
NJ online casino list for 2017
|Online Brand||Land-based partner||Year launched||Permit|
|Virgin Online Casino||Tropicana||2013||NJIGP 15-005|
|Golden Nugget||Golden Nugget||2013||NJIGP 15-002|
|Betfair NJ||Golden Nugget||2013||NJIGP 15-002|
|Tropicana Online||Tropicana||2013||NJIGP 15-005|
|Caesars Casino Online||Caesars||2013||NJIGP 15-007|
|888 US||Caesars||2013||NJIGP 15-007|
|Borgata Online||Borgata||2013||NJIGP 15-001|
|Pala Online Casino||Borgata||2015||NJIGP 15-001|
|Harrah's Online Casino||Caesars||2013||NJIGP 15-007|
|Party Casino||Borgata||2013||NJIGP 15-001|
|SugarHouse Online Casino||Golden Nugget||2016||NJIGP 15-002|
|PokerStars NJ Casino||Resorts||2016||NJIGP 15-008|
|Resorts Online Casino||Resorts||2015||NJIGP 15-008|
|Mohegan Sun Online||Resorts||2015||NJIGP 15-008|
More facts about NJ online casinos
Get more facts about NJ online gambling with our special feature: NJ Online Gambling By The Numbers.
There you’ll find regularly-updated stats on job creation, total tax revenue, the biggest jackpots and other essential numbers behind the legal online casino and poker industry in New Jersey.
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