Below you’ll find comprehensive reviews of the major NJ online poker rooms along with answers to frequently asked questions about legal online poker in New Jersey.
Last updated: November 27th, 2014.
PartyPokerNJ: After a seven-year hiatus, the former market leader for online poker is back in the United States. Sharing a network with Borgata Poker, PartyPoker NJ is the current market leader in New Jersey as measured by cash game traffic.
BorgataPoker.com: The leading brand for live poker in New Jersey shares a network with PartyPoker, meaning that the two rooms have the same software and share the same player pool. But each offers unique promotions to players.
WSOP.com: The biggest national name in live poker offers online poker for real money in both Nevada and New Jersey (although the player pools are separate) – and it’s the only site where you can qualify for a WSOP seat online.
888 Poker NJ: While providing the software for WSOP.com, 888 is also operating their own brand in New Jersey. That 888 Poker NJ brand operates on a totally separate network – The All American Poker Network – with a player pool that is partially shared with WSOP.
As it currently stands, here are the active online poker sites in New Jersey from most active to least active, with a general estimate of market share:
Click on the link of any room above for an in-depth analysis of the site’s traffic for cash games and tournaments.
In terms of the overall market size: You can track traffic at New Jersey online poker sites over at PokerScout.com. For reference, the largest site in New Jersey (Party / Borgata) is generally ranked 30th-40th in terms of global online poker traffic.
Suffice it to say, traffic is substantial enough to guarantee a variety of low-to-mid-stakes games and a variety of MTTs and SNGs (also at the lower end of the buyin spectrum).
Right now the game of choice at most rooms is no limit holdem.
Remember, most of the software powering online poker sites in New Jersey is not new. In some cases, it’s been around for over a decade (888 and PartyPoker, for example). So these rooms all have the capability to add new games. It’s more a matter of whether or not there’s sufficient player interest to justify adding new games, especially when you start talking about more niche variants like HORSE or Badugi.
In short: The purchase of PokerStars by Amaya will likely assuage the concerns New Jersey regulators had about licensing PokerStars.
New Jersey law does not contain a so-called “bad actors” clause, so the decision about whether to allow PokerStars in is left completely up to regulators.
With that said, PokerStars’ approval to offer online poker in NJ is taking longer than anticipated. Here’s an article covering the various theories behind that delay. The generally accepted timeline for launch at this point has PokerStars going live in New Jersey sometime in early 2015.
Read a comprehensive list of answers to questions about PokerStars in New Jersey here, a preview of PokerStars NJ and a preview of Full Tilt Poker NJ.
Click on any link below to be taken to the iTunes page for the app mentioned.
Google does not allow any real-money gambling apps in the Google Play Store.
Therefore, you’ll need to visit the site for a given poker room using your Android phone or tablet in order to download the app.
Available Android apps for NJ online poker:
PartyPoker and Borgata also offer a Java-based browser version of their software that may work on some devices.
For regular updates on new mobile apps and other developments in New Jersey, bookmark our NJ news section.
Yes. If you are located within New Jersey, you can play real-money poker and casino games at a variety of regulated sites. The official list of legal NJ online casinos and poker rooms is located here.
You do not need to be a resident of New Jersey to play at the state’s regulated online poker sites. You only need to be located within the state to play for real money.
You can access your account from anywhere in the United States. You can also deposit and cash out from anywhere. But you must be located within the borders of New Jersey (as verified by the site’s geolocation software) in order to play for real money.
As of the last update to this FAQ, there were three networks offering online poker in New Jersey:
As of January 12, 2015, WSOP and 888 share some – but not all – of their respective player pools.
You can read reviews of all three networks by clicking on the links above.
Note: Ultimate Poker was active in NJ but closed in September of 2014. Betfair (in partnership with Trump Plaza) technically had a poker site, but traffic at said site was non-existent and the room was formally shuttered in november of 2014.
Yes. But how many rooms there will ultimately be in NJ remains something of an open question:
The performance of the state to date suggests that New Jersey is capable of supporting one or two distinct online poker networks over the long run.
Here’s an older, but still relevant, piece from OPR that looks at state population levels and what those levels suggest for said state’s ability to support online poker rooms.
Once PokerStars launches in NJ, we may see some consolidation among the state’s existing poker networks. 888 and WSOP NJ have already indicated that some sort of liquidity sharing between the two sites is in the works.
In New Jersey, only land-based casinos qualify for online gambling permits (called Internet Gaming Permits by NJ regulators). But regulations also allow those casinos to partner with technology providers, who must also be vetted and licensed (albeit at a lower level of licensing) to take part in New Jersey’s regulated online gambling market.
Each Internet Gaming Permit – the license received by a land-based casino like The Borgata – can be used to operate up to five websites. And each website can be a distinct brand.
So, in the case of the Borgata, their IGP is being used to power the following sites:
And each site is powered by the bwin.party poker and casino software. In addition, the PartyPoker online poker site and the Borgata online poker site both feed into the same central player pool.
This question has, unfortunately, already been somewhat answered by the DGE.
When Trump Plaza announced plans to close, it was the first Atlantic City casino with an Internet Gaming Permit to shut down. Trump Plaza has a partnership with Betfair that allows Betfair to operate an online casino in NJ.
The NJ DGE subsequently announced that Betfair could continue to operate online in NJ after the Plaza closes, contingent upon a few basic requirements. And Betfair then successfully located a new partner with the Golden Nugget Casino. But in the absence of a new partner, it seems that Betfair would have had to eventually close up shop in New Jersey.
Ultimate Poker closed after its business relationship with Trump Taj Mahal reportedly went south. Get more details on the closing of Ultimate Poker / UCasino. Ultimate subsequently ceased operations in Nevada in early November.
Regulated online gambling was made legal by a bill that Gov. Chris Christie signed into law back in February of 2013.
In order to offer online poker or online casino games in New Jersey, sites must have the approval of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Any other site that offers such games for real money to residents of New Jersey is in violation of state law.
Sites approved by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. The official list is here.
You can review NJ’s online gambling regulations in full here.
Same as the land-based casino age: You must be 21 to play at NJ’s regulated online poker sites and casinos.
Anyone of age who can be confirmed by a given site as being located within the state can play online poker in New Jersey. You do not need to be a resident of New Jersey.
Yes. Right now the player pools are made up only of people in New Jersey.
No, you can just visit one of the websites approved by the DGE.
No. Delaware players are only playing against other people in Delaware, and the same goes for online poker players in Nevada and New Jersey.
It is expected that some US states will at some point combine their player pools for online poker and casino gaming, much in the same way that several states pool lottery prize pools across a coalition of states (Powerball, for example).
But compacts are a complex affair and there are any number of factors slowing their development. So there’s no firm timeline or blueprint for how states like New Jersey will come to share player pools with other states offering regulated online gambling.
A quick overview of ways to deposit and cashout at NJ online poker sites follows below.
Methods vary by site. Credit cards, echecks, ACH deposits prepaid cards and deposits at the casino cage are options offered by various NJ online poker sites.
The most reliable method, and also one of the fastest, is ACH (bank transfer).
Yes, VISA deposits currently have what are generally regarded as the lowest acceptance rates for online poker deposits in New Jersey. Even though these deposits are perfectly legal, several of VISA’s issuing banks have decided to hold off on accepting such transactions for now.
One alternative is to use your VISA to fund an ewallet such as Neteller, and then to fund your player account using Neteller.
VISA acceptance rates are expected to improve in 2015 when the company rolls out new merchant category codes designed specifically for regulated online gambling.
Yes. MasterCard acceptance rates are much higher than VISA and are easily the highest of any credit card. American Express does not allow gambling-related transactions.
No. American Express generally doesn’t allow gambling-related transactions regardless of legality, and the NJ online poker market is no exception.
Not at this point. PayPal stopped accepting US gambling transactions several years ago and has yet to update their policies to reflect the new reality of regulated online gambling in the United States.
With that said, PayPal is reportedly set to return to the NJ market sometime in 2015.
For a number of reasons, but the short answer is that many banks and companies like PayPal are waiting to see how regulated online gambling works out before jumping in. They’re concerned about possible unanticipated liabilities and weighing those against the revenue potential of regulated online gambling.
Once the amount of money involved grows and the uncertainty recedes, depositing at one of NJ’s online poker rooms will become an easier thing to do.
The number of online poker sites in New Jersey is small enough that the question of which site is the “best” site becomes somewhat moot. Unlike the international market, where there are dozens of sites, NJ is home to only four unique online poker rooms.
That means players can realistically give all of NJ’s online poker rooms a fair trial and determine for themselves which is superior.
In most cases, players will derive the greatest benefit from playing at multiple (if not all of) NJ’s online poker rooms in order to maximize promotional and bonus value.
New player bonuses come in two forums: no deposit bonuses, where players are given some amount of free money to try out the room, and deposit bonuses, where the poker site matches an amount deposited by the player with some sort of bonus funds the player can then convert into real money via further play.
We’ve broken down the bonuses available for online poker NJ players:
Sites are required by regulations to demonstrate both that they can provide a secure gameplay environment and that they can securely store your personal information.
New Jersey’s regulated online poker rooms are subject to strict and regular oversight. If you have any suspicions, you can file a complaint with New Jersey regulators directly.
Sites are required to verify player identity by regulations, both to ensure you’re eligible to create an account and also for tax reporting purposes.
If you are playing at one of the approved, licensed sites in New Jersey then you should feel comfortable providing this information.
Sites need it in order to verify your identity, ensuring that accounts are only being created and used by those of legal age to gamble online (21).