It is Day 10, and Atlantic City casinos remain closed. It is already two times the longest closure in the history of gambling in New Jersey and there is no end in sight.
Though the unplanned closure left casinos with tons of food and thousands of employees out of work, the operators stepped up and did some good.
While retail casinos remain closed, online sportsbooks and casinos in New Jersey are open for business.
Betting options are, of course, limited. NJ sports betting fans can still find some action, though.
However, the real action is happening at NJ online casinos. Two six-digit jackpots hit in the past week and online poker is thriving.
Here’s a look at the headlines making New Jersey gambling news.
AC casinos give back to the community
Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all nine Atlantic City casinos closed on March 16. That order left nearly 30,000 casino workers wondering when they would get their next paycheck.
The casinos stepped up and committed to paying employee salaries and benefits. The level of support varied by the property, but all nine casinos put some measures in place for the short term.
AC casinos also found tons of perishable food in their restaurants and kitchens. Knowing the food would spoil if left alone, area nonprofits soon started receiving truckloads of food to serve those in need.
Casinos in Atlantic City have been closed for 10 days. And while land-based casinos and sportsbooks remain closed, New Jersey online casinos are open.
Though online casino revenue will never replace land-based casino revenue, hopefully, it is enough that the casinos can continue to support its employees.
The stop-gap measures promised by the casinos for its employees were for an initial two-week period. We should be hearing what is next for casino employees in the coming days.
Monmouth Park linked to horse doping scandal
Earlier this month, federal indictments were issued in Manhattan, claiming performance-enhancing drugs were used on horses at several tracks in multiple states.
Following those indictments, the New Jersey Racing Commission suspended licenses for Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis. An investigation by the Asbury Park Press showed 19 horses at Monmouth Park died while being trained by Navarro and Servis.
Navarro and Servis are expected to plead guilty in federal court. However, this story is far from over, and there will likely be more skeletons to emerge as investigations continue.
Online poker in New Jersey is alive and well
The World Series of Poker canceled its live circuit events in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It quickly pivoted to offer its first completely online circuit event.
The WSOP Online Super Circuit Series is guaranteeing a total of $1.2 million for 18 events over 18 days.
The online poker tournament just completed event 12, and it already has produced $2.3 million in prize pools. NJ poker players haven’t seen these field sizes since last summer’s World Series of Poker’s online bracelet events.
Following WSOP’s lead, PokerStars NJ is planning the earliest running of Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Look for it in April.
NJ online casinos writing some big checks
Two NJ online casino players took home big paychecks after a spin of an online slot landed just right.
Speaking of Hard Rock, it unveiled its brand-new, first-of-its-kind live slots studio last month. To celebrate a new way to play online slots, Hard Rock is giving live slot players a chance at winning $30-$2,000. The promotion is running through March 29.
“Do online slots pay?”
That seems to be a popular question for new casino players. Just ask Netty and Michael M, if they pay.
As of March 15, the Division of Gaming Enforcement reports over $13.6 million of jackpots of $50,000 or more have been paid out to casino players this year.
On the board at NJ sportsbooks
New Jersey sports betting took a hit when most of the sports world went into hibernation. However, there are still some betting opportunities at NJ online sportsbooks.
Here is what we found at DraftKings Sportsbook:
- 2020 NFL Draft
- NFL futures
- College football futures
- NBA championship futures
- Tyson vs. Wilder (Unconfirmed fight)
- MMA (April fights)
- Germany – DFB-Pokal
- Belarus Premier League
Please gamble responsibly
Stay-at-home orders remain in effect as coronavirus cases in New Jersey continue to climb. Reports are saying the peak of the outbreak could be weeks away.
If you choose to gamble online, please do so responsibly. Set and maintain a budget. If you are having trouble, please seek help. Click here for a list of problem gambling resources.