Legal Online Gambling In New Jersey: Sorting Fact From Fiction

Written By Daniel Smyth on March 25, 2015 - Last Updated on May 16, 2015

Despite the best efforts of Sheldon Adelson and his political cronies, the majority of Americans don’t believe that online poker and casino games pose a threat to their well-being. Unfortunately, some people have still managed to get themselves bogged down in the quagmire of misinformation proliferated by those in favor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA).

We’ve created a tool to help dispel some of the more common myths perpetuated about internet poker and casinos in the United States. 6 Myths About Regulated Online Gambling in New Jersey is a specially created infographic that debunks some of the mistruths being disseminated about the legal New Jersey iGaming industry.

Although we could wax lyrical about the details of the infographic, we’ll simply outline the three biggest misconceptions about legal New Jersey online casinos here and then let you check out the image for more truths.

Myth #3: NJ online gambling is not legal

Although there are some states where online casino and poker games are not regulated, that’s not the case in New Jersey. In November of 2013, the state’s regulated internet poker and casino market went live, with sites like Caesars, Harrah’s, and others opening their virtual doors to Garden State players.

Players aged 21 and over who are located within state lines are able to play games such as blackjack, roulette and poker via their desktop, laptop or mobile device.

Myth #2: Children will gain access to NJ casino sites

Another of the major myths leveled at the New Jersey online gaming industry is that it puts children at risk. Sheldon Adelson and his supporters have asserted that online poker and casino sites target children and make it easy for them to ante up using their parents’ credit cards.

This simply isn’t true and, to date, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has reported zero cases of minors gambling at any New Jersey online casino.

The regulated New Jersey online gaming industry employs companies such as GeoComply, a geolocation service, to ensure players are located with the state’s borders when accessing legal poker and casino sites. Cross-referencing player information with a wealth of GPS and government data, online poker and casino sites in New Jersey can determine exactly where a person is located at the point of signing up, as well as a player’s true identity and age.

Such is the industry’s confidence in this technology that the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) showed off the technology to congressmen, senators and political commentators in a series of live demonstrations on Capitol Hill.

As a side note, Sheldon Adelson has actually been fined numerous times for proven instances of minors gambling in casinos he owns.

Myth #1: NJ online casinos are not profitable

Although online casino and poker sites in New Jersey haven’t been as profitable as some projected, the industry has continued to grow since launch.

Early revenue reports in 2015 have shown a year-on-year increase in total revenue and so far the iGaming industry has contributed almost $20 million in tax revenue to New Jersey’s public purse. Not only that, but online gaming sites have created more than 200 jobs for the local economy and as the industry grows this number is expected to rise.

As well as adding to the state’s economy, online gaming has also been personally profitable for casino fans in the Garden State. Two separate players have won more than $1.3 million each with a single bet by playing casino games at New Jersey online casinos – and many more grinders have scooped thousands of dollars in cash by playing online.

Online casino and poker in New Jersey is a growing industry, and one that has benefited both the state and its residents. Although the naysayers will try to convince you that iGaming is a blot on society, we’d urge you to review the facts and decide for yourself whether a federal ban on the industry is necessary.

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Daniel Smyth is a freelance writer with almost a decade’s worth of experience in online gambling, online poker, and the NJ online casino industry. Daniel has produced content for a variety of publications including a stint at WPT Poker Magazine.

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