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New Jersey is the oldest and most mature market for online casino gambling in the US. It also offers by far the widest selection of online casinos, with roughly 30 brands available to choose from.
New Jersey launched its online gambling market in 2013, the same year as Nevada and Delaware. Neither of those other states went as far as NJ did, however. Lawmakers elected to allow both online casino and online poker in NJ at that time, and to create a very competitive private market for them. By contrast, Nevada remains online poker only to this date, and the Delaware market is a monopoly.
To protect the retail casino industry in Atlantic City, New Jersey lawmakers created a framework in which online casinos must partner with a land-based casino. Each of these nine casinos can launch up to five online casino brands, for a total of 45 for the market as a whole, so there’s still room for NJ to grow before it hits its theoretical limit.
The New Jersey model for online gambling has been so successful that other states are using it as a template for their own laws. Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia all use the same online-retail partnership model, though each with their own twists. It’s also the launching pad for most new online casinos in the US.
What does all this mean for you, the player? It means that New Jersey is still the best and safest place in the US to enjoy some legal, real money online casino fun. Here, you’ll benefit from the most experienced regulator, the broadest selection of products, and the greatest number of competing operators, all of which makes it easier for you to find the site that’s right for you.
Barstool is a popular sports media brand that branched out into sports betting and online casino quite recently. Unlike many companies, it started in other states and made its way into New Jersey later, rather than using the Garden State as its jumping-off point. Both the sportsbook and online casino soft-launched in August 2021.
Like 888, Betfair Casino cut its teeth in the international market, where it offers a variety of products. The company is best known for its sports exchange product, which is considered by many to be one of the most innovative – and profitable – sports betting products in the industry.
Betfair Casino also operates many advance deposit wagering sites in the U.S. that allow players to place online bets on horse races legally.
BetAmerica rebranded to TwinSpires Casino everywhere but New Jersey. Owner Churchill Downs Incorporated is changing the names throughout the US during 2021.
The online casino offers slots from brands including IGT and Netent. Its table games range from blackjack to roulette and from baccarat to GameKing, “the most popular video poker product in America.”
Betway Casino is a well-known European online casino and sportsbook brand which first made landfall in the US in August 2021, right here in New Jersey.
Borgata Online Casino is an extension of the land-based Borgata property in Atlantic City. Bwin.party’s casino software powers the casino. Borgata also offers an online poker product that shares a platform and player pool with PartyPoker NJ.
MGM Resorts own Borgata. As regulated online gambling continues to spread in the United States, MGM’s nationwide network of casinos could provide opportunities for the company to expand its online casino and poker presence.
Caesars Online Casino is the digital offshoot of Caesars Atlantic City. The primary software engine for Caesars online was launched by Amaya. Now, however, Caesars uses NYX, which has since been taken over by Scientific Games. Caesars offers an online poker product in New Jersey under the Caesars-owned World Series of Poker brand.
Caesars is also active in the Nevada online poker market via the WSOP NV brand but does not operate in Delaware. The company is expected to be at the forefront of the next wave of markets to open up, especially Pennsylvania.
Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings has become a full-scale gambling company. In addition to DraftKings Sportsbook, the company now offers casino-style online gambling under its brand in New Jersey.
DraftKings Casino is partnered with Resorts Atlantic City for its NJ online gambling operations.
While the FanDuel Sportsbook in NJ is via a partnership with the Meadowlands, its online casino launched via a deal with Golden Nugget Casino. The unique part of this is that FanDuel users can access a FanDuel casino or the Stardust casino, a product of a partnership with Boyd Gaming.
The Stars Group (TSG) is best known for its flagship poker product, PokerStars. However, for the US market it has entered into a partnership with FOX Sports, the result of which is FOX Bet. The focus of this relationship is the FOX Bet Sportsbook, but there is a casino product to go with it as well. There is also PokerStars Casino New Jersey, which is the same product under a different name.
For FOX Bet Casino, as for its other products, TSG is partnered with Resorts Atlantic City.
Golden Nugget Online Casino is an extension of their land-based property in Atlantic City. The company also offers land-based gambling in Nevada but has yet to launch a real-money online gambling product in that state (and has no apparent plans to do so).
Hard Rock Atlantic City launched its physical and online casino in the summer of 2018. Built on the skeleton of the old Trump Taj Mahal, it’s a serious foray into the online market for Hard Rock international.
Harrah Online Casino is operated by Caesars and features some of the same games and features as the online casino at CaesarsCasino.
But the two casinos do use separate platforms, so players should not make the mistake of believing that having an account at one is the same as having an account at both.
Each casino offers unique promotions, unique games, and separate opening bonuses.
MGM Resorts International is one of the world’s most prestigious hotel and casino chains. It made an early entry to the NJ online gambling space with Borgata Online Casino (see above). Later, it formed a joint venture with European online gambling conglomerate Entain, which was initially called Roar Digital, and later simply BetMGM.
Through that partnership, it has become the market leader for online casino in New Jersey as well as the US as a whole. Naturally, BetMGM Online Casino uses the Borgata as its land-based partner. Both sites also use MGM’s M Life Rewards loyalty program, so players can earn points both online and at any of MGM’s retail casinos, including the Borgata.
Mohegan Sun Online Casino operates under the Resorts interactive gaming license. It offers a wide variety of slots, video poker, blackjack, and roulette. All players receive a free slot spin daily with no deposit required. The first deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000. The wagering requirement is 20 times for slots and 100 times for all other games.
Ocean Online Casino and the eponymous retail casino both launched in the summer of 2018. Powered by GAN, Ocean Resort is being aggressive out of the box, including a $500 deposit bonus. It’s obviously entering the market quite late in the game
The physical resort isn’t new construction, but rather a rebranding of the former Revel. That casino was built for more than $2 billion and opened in 2012, but quickly closed because of high costs.
Pala Online Casino NJ operates in partnership with the Borgata. But unlike the Borgata, Pala does not share technology or players with bwin.party. Instead, Pala operates on a proprietary gaming platform.
Pala Interactive is an arm of the Pala tribal gambling operation in California.
Party Casino is powered by the bwin.party software platform and operates under the IGP of the Borgata. The Party Casino and the Borgata online casino are more or less identical products. The same is true for PartyPoker NJ’s poker product, which shares both platform and player pool with Borgata Poker online.
PlayStar Casino was a late entry to the New Jersey market in 2021, in partnership with Ocean Casino Resort. It uses Gaming Innovation Group as its technology partner.
Australian bookmaker PointsBet already has an online sportsbook in NJ through Meadowlands Racetrack. However, racetracks can’t offer casino products. PointsBet Casino therefore operates in partnership with Bally’s, following the acquisition of that brand and casino by the company formerly known as Twin River. PointsBet Casino launched on July 23, 2021.
Resorts Atlantic City’s online casino is an offshoot of the company’s land-based Boardwalk property. Resorts Online Casino holds its own in the state due to its association with the land-based property, but hasn’t attempted an expansion into any other states. It is powered by SG Digital.
Stardust operates on Golden Nugget’s license, and was formed as a joint venture between Boyd Gaming and FanDuel.
The NJ Stardust Casino is a rebranding of what used to be Betfair Casino. That company is best known for its sports exchange product, which is considered by many to be one of the most innovative – and profitable – sports betting products in the industry.
The new Stardust Casino offers all the same games that Betfair did, but with a brand that FanDuel has control over. Because of this, it’s has one of the biggest game collections in the state, despite being a new brand. Like Betfair, you’ll find it integrated into FanDuel’s sports betting app.
European operator Tipico hasn’t yet launched in New Jersey, but has firm plans to do so in the near future. It already has partnerships in place with Scientific Games and NetEnt, so Tipico Online Casino, when it arrives, should feature a large catalog of games.
Tropicana Online Casino operates under the license of the land-based Tropicana hotel and casino in Atlantic City. Gamesys, a major player in the international online gambling industry with a long track record of B2B successes, powers the casino.
Tropicana offers only casino games. The company has declined to enter New Jersey’s online poker market and has no plans to launch poker in the foreseeable future.
Kindred Group is poised to attack the US online gambling market, having ported its Unibet Casino product over from Europe. The group’s online casino went live in June 2019, and an online sports betting platform is in the works.
Virgin operates via a partnership with the Tropicana. Both brands’ online casinos are powered under the hood by the Gamesys casino platform. Gamesys also licenses and operates the Virgin brand for online gambling in other regulated markets in the UK and Europe.
As a result, Virigin Online Casino and Tropicana’s own product are quite similar. While Virgin operates a social poker game, the brand does not offer a real-money product in New Jersey and does not appear to have any plans to do so.
Despite being a big name in Las Vegas, Wynn took a long time to launch an online product. It did so in New Jersey first, in August 2020, but in a very small, quiet manner. In New Jersey, the WynnBET Casino is available only in app form, with no in-browser play possible.
WynnBET is notable for having just a 1x playthough on its first deposit bonus. The dollar amount of the bonus is small compared to some other casinos, but those easy terms should make it appealing to casual players. WynnBET operates on Caesars’ license, and you can deposit and withdraw at the cage of Caesars Atlantic City.
888 Casino operates in partnership with Caesars in New Jersey. In addition to offering online casino games in New Jersey, 888 operates an online poker site that partially shares liquidity with WSOP NJ.
888 also operates in Delaware’s regulated market, offering both casino and poker, and has plans to enter the Nevada poker market shortly. The majority of 888’s business is in the international market, where 888 is one of the largest online poker sites and does an eight-figure business in online casino and sports annually.
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No deposit / free play bonuses are very common promotions at New Jersey’s online casino and poker sites, second in ubiquity only to the deposit match bonus. But because of the “free” aspect of the promotion, many players often have questions about the logic, fine print or validity of such offers.
Below, you’ll find answers to a handful of the most regularly asked questions about no deposit promotions.
Generally speaking, no. If an NJ online casino promo code or bonus code is necessary to claim an offer, we will note the code in the description of that offer. But the majority of these offers are just standard opening bonuses at the casino or poker site and don’t require a special promotional code to claim.
In case you’re wondering, there’s no practical difference between a bonus code and a promo code. It’s just a different way of saying the same thing, and it varies from casino to casino.
So at some NJ online casinos, you’ll be putting in a bonus code. Other casino sites in New Jersey are going to ask you for a promo code. Either way, the point is the same: Bonus and promo codes can get you a better bonus. That means you should try to find one before signing up at one of New Jersey’s legal gambling sites.
No deposit bonuses are a marketing expense, like any other marketing expense. Casinos expect a certain value from each customer they bring through the door. So casinos are willing to spend right up to that value to bring customers through the door.
Casinos don’t really care if they’re spending that money on billboards, a new flashing sign, or customer promotions. All are marketing expenses from the view of the bottom line. And that’s how casinos afford to give money away to new players.
It also helps that the amounts involved tend to be small, and the terms of the offer prohibit players from simply cashing out the money right away.
Generally speaking only new customers at a given NJ online casino qualify for the no deposit offer. If a casino has both poker and casino no deposit offers – like Borgata and 888 do – players are typically forced to choose one bonus or the other.
Some operators are more restrictive, only allowing one bonus per household address or device.
A casino usually only allows players to take advantage of a no deposit bonus a single time. But there’s nothing stopping players from taking advantage of no deposit bonuses at various casinos and poker rooms.
Most of NJ’s regulated online casinos and poker sites offer some sort of no deposit bonus. If you claimed them all, you’d be looking at hundreds of dollars in free play.
No. Every online casino site in New Jersey attaches some sort of wagering or withdrawal requirement to prevent bonus abuse.
A typical requirement is that you wager the bonus money “x” number of times before you can cash out. For poker, the site might require you to pay a certain amount of rake before cashing out.
To create an account at a regulated online casino or poker site in NJ, you will need to provide your name, address, and email address. You will also need to confirm your social security number.
You may also have to answer some questions to verify your identity. New Jersey regulations require all of this information.
Only if you feel comfortable, but you will need to provide it to create a valid account at any New Jersey online casino or poker room.
Legal online gambling now over five years old in New Jersey. But players still have a healthy amount of questions about how these casinos work, who’s behind them, and what rules and agencies govern regulated online gambling websites in NJ.
Below we’ve collected answers to the questions readers ask us the most often about New Jersey’s legal online casino sites. Contact us if your question isn’t covered below.
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On Feb. 27, 2013, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that authorized the operation of regulated online casinos in the state.
The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement gave the go-ahead on Nov. 21, 2013, to approved operators to start offering online casino games and online poker games.
Only land-based casinos in Atlantic City – along with their licensed partners – are eligible to offer legal, regulated online casino and poker in New Jersey. The list of approved casinos (found above) is a relatively brief one, numbering just under a dozen.
Other online casinos may advertise themselves as legal, but they’re frankly not being honest with customers. The only legal online casinos operating in New Jersey are those licensed and approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
There are any number of distinctions. For example, legal online casinos pay taxes on their revenue to the state, while New Jersey receives no such benefits from illegal casinos based offshore.
But from a consumer perspective, there are three key distinctions between legal and illegal online casinos in New Jersey.
You have no guarantee that your funds are safe at an illegal online casino. It’s often quite difficult to tell what company is ultimately behind the casino. Several online casinos may advertise that other jurisdictions license them, but those licenses don’t make those casinos legal in NJ. And those licenses don’t provide the same protections to consumers.
That’s because NJ regulations require licensed online casinos to hold all player funds in secure accounts that are separate from the normal operational accounts of the company. These and other regulatory protections ensure that you know where your funds are, who is holding them and how to get them back if there’s a problem.
Bottom line: Your money is safer at a legal online casino.
Without regulations to require the casino to safeguard your personal information and the threat of a regulator who has ability to crack down on operators, illegal online casinos have little incentive to protect your data.
That includes the credit card or other banking information you provide to deposit. When you play at an offshore online casino, you simply can’t be sure that your information will be handled securely.
Bottom line: Your information is safer at legal online casinos.
All casino games favor the house.
But at an illegal online casino, you have no idea if the deck is square or if the slot reels have been rigged to prevent some outcomes and encourage others. You also have no guarantee that the casino will pay you if you do go on a lucky run and ring up a big win.
At New Jersey’s legal online casinos, games are subject to the same testing and oversight as the slot machines on the floor at the Borgata or Golden Nugget. If you’re the lucky few to hit an online jackpot in NJ, the casino will pay you just like they would on an actual casino floor in Atlantic City.
Bottom line: You have no idea whether illegal online casinos offer fair games.
The DGE is also responsible for regulating the multi-billion dollar land-based gambling industry in New Jersey, an industry centered in Atlantic City.
Appropriately, that’s also the city the DGE (located at 1300 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401) calls home.
Somewhat surprisingly, the New Jersey Lottery is not among those that sells its products online or offers instant digital games. Such products often precede full-fledged iGaming, but since New Jersey launched online casinos first, there may be pressure from the casinos not to allow the lottery to compete with them directly.
You can, however, buy draw tickets online legally. This isn’t through the lottery’s own website, however, but rather through the third party service Jackpocket, which has received permission to operate in the state.
There are two levels of licensing related to regulated online gambling in New Jersey:
Here’s an example of how it works in practice.
For their part, Tropicana and Gamesys currently offer two brands:
You can find the merged regulations covering legal online gambling in New Jersey here.
In addition to the regulations specifically dealing with online casinos, all of the legal gambling websites in New Jersey are subject to the general regulations governing the gambling industry in the state.
The NJ DGE has a process by which consumers can open a formal dispute with a licensed online casino.
If you have questions about problem gambling, please visit the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Different online casinos in NJ offer deposit limits and other mechanisms to limit your online gambling activity.
New Jersey regulators provide an online self-exclusion form that players can use to quickly block access to all of New Jersey’s regulated online casinos. You do not have to admit to having a gambling problem to utilize the self-exclusion form, which takes under a minute to complete.
The game selection at NJ’s legal online casinos is in many ways quite similar to the game selection on the floor of an Atlantic City Casino. In all, there are hundreds of games spread across the regulated online gambling sites in NJ, including:
One thing that is different about the online gaming experience is the stakes involved. You can play many games for pennies to quarters (and not the penny games that end up being a few dollars a slot pull – actual pennies). That includes games like Blackjack where the minimum bet in a land-based casino would usually be at least $5.
Live Dealer is the latest game variant to reach the NJ online casino market, having debuted in August 2016. At its core, the format is an attempt to bridge the gap between online and live gambling.
The playing devices used to determine game outcomes are real, the dealers are real, but all wagering happens digitally. And just like digitized table games, Live Dealer can be played from any home computer or Android/iOS-powered mobile device.
Casinos stream Live Dealer games in real-time from a live casino studio setting. This game type opens the door for players to chat live with dealers (and other players), and even tip them immediately following a favorable result.
The first online casino in New Jersey to offer Live Dealer games was the Golden Nugget. The casino remains a leader in the format today.
To partake in Live Dealer games at Golden Nugget, simply navigate to the Golden Nugget Casino lobby, click the “Live Dealer” tab and choose a table. If a seat is open, hop right in, and place a wager just as you would at any other online table game.
A number of other online casino sites in New Jersey have added Live Dealer over the last few years. The current list of casinos with Live Dealer games follows below:
The kinds of live dealer games you can play vary from casino to casino. Here is a list of the games that are generally available:
More connects than separates the two. For example:
Everyone knows that in the casino, the house always wins over the long run. The same applies at online casinos – all of the games are built to favor the house, and no player can beat the casino over time.
So the question is more about whether or not the online games are fair in that they provide the product they advertise. For example, do their big progressive slots and other large-ticket jackpot games ever payout?
Two examples – including a $1.3 million winner at Harrah’s and a $1.5 million winner at Betfair – make it clear that players have no reason to doubt the credibility of NJ’s legal online gambling sites.
This varies by casino, but more and more of the online casinos in New Jersey’s regulated market are attempting to build bridges between their live casino and their online product.
Many rewards programs at online casinos allow you to earn points that players can use in the land-based rewards program.
For example, Caesars’ online casino allows players to earn Caesars Rewards points for online play just as you would at any of Caesars’ land-based properties. Your Caesars Rewards account for the online casino is the same as the account you use at the live casinos. That means you can also use the points you earn at the online casino for land-based comps.
At a minimum, any legal online casino in NJ will offer a rewards program that players can use for cashback and other rewards within the online casino system.
Promotions at online casinos are constantly evolving. It’s certainly not uncommon to see a promotion that involves some sort of comped room or entertainment at one of the Atlantic City casinos that operate online sites.
A big part of the long-term plan for online gambling in New Jersey is that it will support the land-based casino industry. How? The idea is that online gambling will give more customers more reasons to interact with the casino.
And online gambling should help land-based casinos better understand what it is their customers want through increased opportunities for consumer feedback and interaction.
View a list of opening bonuses at NJ online casinos.
Yes. Regulated NJ online casinos do pay taxes to the state of New Jersey, unlike offshore casinos who pay no tax. The tax rate on gross gaming revenue (basically the casino win) is 17.5%.
In 2014, the first full year of regulated online gambling in New Jersey, the state’s legal online casinos paid over $18 million in taxes. In 2015 they paid over $22 million in taxes and in 2016 legal online casinos paid taxes totaling more than $29 million to the state of New Jersey.
The amounts vary by operator and change from month to month. But the average for the first year was for poker and casino combined to generate about $10-$12 million per month in revenue total across all of the state’s regulated online casinos.
You can find complete NJ online gambling historical revenue data at PlayNJ.com in tabular form.
New Jersey passed a law in 2014 that would legalize Nevada-style sports betting in the state. It was the second attempt at legalizing sports gambling at tracks at Atlantic City casinos. The sports leagues prevailed after they challenged the 2012 attempt in federal court. The case was then heard en banc in the Federal Court of Appeals before the Supreme Court heard it of the United States in December 2017.
SCOTUS publicized its decision on the case on May 14, 2018, striking down PASPA and handing NJ a major victory.