What games can I play at Atlantic City’s online casinos?
- Atlantic City Baccarat Online
- Atlantic City Online Blackjack
- Atlantic City Online Craps
- Atlantic City Pai Gow Online
- Atlantic City Online Roulette
- Atlantic City Online Slots
- Atlantic City Video Poker Online
It wasn’t until the United States (and many other countries) experienced government intervention that things began to really change. Until early 2013, offshore online operators were the only available online casino options to New Jersey residents. This has since changed – online casinos are 100% legal in NJ today – but it wasn’t without a struggle.
2010 saw the first introduction of an online gambling bill in New Jersey, brought forward by State Senator Raymond Lesniak. While his initial bill did successfully pass the New Jersey Senate vote by an overwhelming majority, it was not put into effect at that time. It would take until 2011 for the state assembly to complete its vote, and in turn, continue the steps toward fully legalized online gambling in New Jersey.
Unfortunately for Lesniak, and to the surprise of many, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. This meant that the bill needed to be heavily revised and that the process needed to essentially start all over.
Lesniak did not give up, and eventually Christie did agree to a modified version of the bill on February 26, 2013. Christie’s main objections to the original bill were found in the tax rates that operators had to pay and how much funding would be allocated toward aid for problem gambling.
Is Online Gambling Legal in NJ?
Online gambling is 100 percent legal in New Jersey. It should come as no surprise that New Jersey followed closely in Nevada’s footsteps as it relates to online gaming. Nevada (Las Vegas specifically) was the long-time lone capital of casino gambling in the United States, until Atlantic City introduced itself as East Coast competition.
The difference with online casinos, however, is that New Jersey and Nevada are not directly competing since their player pools are independent of each other.
To gamble at Atlantic City online casinos, players must be within New Jersey state lines while playing and able to prove that they are at least 21 years old.
A common misconception is that players must be actual New Jersey residents, but this is not the case. If you are a tourist or otherwise in New Jersey, you can instantly create an account and begin playing. You can even have a payout sent to a different address.
The caveat to this is that, again, all of your gambling activity must physically take place within New Jersey state lines. If you are staying in Atlantic City, the process could be as simple as depositing online and then picking up your winnings in the form of cash at a physical casino cashier cage.
The convenience of online play in New Jersey is unmatched, especially if you frequently visit Atlantic City where the partner casinos are located.
Active regulated Atlantic City online casinos
The number of online casinos in New Jersey is more a matter of opinion than fact. Technically, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) lists five total authorized sites. These include Borgata, Caesars (CET), Golden Nugget, Resorts, and Tropicana.
That number five is misleading, however, as there are several different brands that operate under each of these parent companies.
There are actually closer to 20 individual brands than five. Many of these are poker rooms that operate separately from the parent main online casino, while others are simply sister casinos, like Resorts and Mohegan Sun.
Each of the casinos has taken full advantage in crowding as much market space as possible. In the end, most of the casinos tend to be similar to one another if they operate underneath the same parent company. The biggest difference between many of these sites will be found in new player sign-up bonuses and game selection, with game play itself generally remaining consistent throughout the same parent company.
Closed New Jersey Online Casinos
Ultimate Gaming was the most notable and tumultuous closing of an online casino in New Jersey. The company launched the first regulated poker room in the United States (in Nevada) and had high hopes for the New Jersey poker market. Unfortunately, it was partnered with a company that struggled tremendously throughout the past decade.
Ultimate Poker worked in conjunction with Trump Taj Mahal Associates. Trump Plaza, one of the casinos brands, closed outright, and Trump Taj Mahal then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. These factors ultimately (no pun intended) led to the closure of Ultimate Poker in New Jersey.