New Jersey Now Tops 126,000 Online Gaming AccountsFriday, January 3rd, 2014 by Ryan
The state of New Jersey and their online gaming has been an often-talked about topic right now, and it’s for good reason. Things seem to be going well with the online poker and online gambling as a whole in New Jersey, and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has officially released the most recent figures for the internet gambling industry this past Sunday, and things look very good to this point. The sites’ creators and the many people who are behind the online gambling aspect of things in New Jersey definitely have to be happy with how things are going. In total, it’s been reported that there have been 126,231 online gaming accounts that were registered at the different Atlantic City-based sites. This is an increase in numbers from the previous week of about 15%, which is a very nice increase in just one week.
The actual rankings began once the New Jersey online gambling was officially started, which happened back on November 266th. There was a soft launch on November 21st to see how things were going to go, but the numbers started on the 26th. The first week of course was the busiest of them all, as we saw over 50,000 different accounts created, and currently the state of New Jersey is in the process of dominating Delaware, which was obviously expected. Delaware launched their online gambling on November 8th, and as of December 1st we saw a total of 2,800 registered gaming accounts.
Obviously, the numbers that are coming out of Delaware and the numbers that are coming out of New Jersey are going to be quite a bit different, and the Delaware State Lottery Director, Vernon Kirk, said that they weren’t disappointed about the numbers that Delaware had started out with. He said that while the numbers aren’t “New Jersey-esque”, that they are “operating with a different player base. This can’t be understated, as New Jersey has a very good number of online poker and online gambling sites that are up and running, and currently you’ll find a total of four rooms or networks that are open for business to this point in the state.
The first and largest on the list of online gambling networks is the Party Borgata Network, and it was created with a combination of Borgata and bwin.party. They currently sit with a seven day average of 240 cash game players, and that’s a good amount above the second place site. The second largest though features some big names, and is the World Series of Poker branded site, WSOP.com, which is a combination of Caesars Entertainment and 888 Holdings. The four Caesars’ Atlantic City casinos- Caesars, Bally’s Showboat, and Harrah’s, are all linking to this site, and Bally’s and Caesars are the only two of the four that have actually been issues their full online gaming licenses by the DGE.
The WSOP.com online gambling site has sat with a nice average of 150 cash game players, and then after that is another drop. The drop is for the All American Poker Network (AAPN), and features a little over half of the cash game players that WSOP.com gets, as they average 85 cash game players. This network also uses 888’s online gambling software, and they are using one of Caesars’ two licenses, which some people find interesting as the two don’t have any type of relation except for the fact that they both use the same software provider. Last but not least is Ultimate Poker, which is teamed up with the Trump Taj Mahal. They have struggled to get things going in New Jersey though, and they average only 20 cash game players.
Two other combinations include the Tropicana, who paired with Gamesys, and also Trump Plaza, who paired with Betfair. These two have both launched different things in online gambling, but they are currently just doing casino games. This is going to include things like blackjack and craps, but they do not currently offer online poker. Golden Nugget on the other hand has an online poker product that got rolling with a five day soft launch, but they pulled it back before officially launching it, as they wanted to spend some more time with the testing phase of the site.