New Jersey Online Gaming Up and RunningFriday, November 29th, 2013 by Ryan
We had to go through a full five days of a “soft launch” for the testing of online gaming, but after that we saw the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement give the go ahead on Monday night for quite a few different online sites to get things rolling. This means that New Jersey is now officially the third state in the United States to offer online gaming to their residents. Many people were up in arms about the issues that came along with the soft launch for the New Jersey online gaming. Even with that though, things went smoothly enough for everything to move forward and players to be able to get into the action.
The DGE officials felt that things went well enough among the many sites in New Jersey for them to give the go ahead. There have been a few issues that have popped up during the soft launch, and a few of them included the geolocation, which means that New Jersey sites require Wi-Fi connection to get a player’s location, the age verification, and some of the different payment processing issues are things that came up. According to the DGE though, things were going along more than smoothly enough to launch things fully, and get the players into the action. These issues that were mentioned above are all things that are capable of being fixed and avoided in the future.
According to one of the many reports, this one by Jennifer Brogdan, it was pointed out that two key banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, both were not processing credit card transactions for the online gambling sites. There are apparently some big changes coming in the next year to 18 months that are going to make it so more processors are going to be permitted. There are also going to be improvements to the geolocation services, which is big as well.
Currently there are 13 total sites that New Jersey residents are able to play on, which include six from Caesars Entertainment/888 Holdings in WSOP.com, us.888.com, us.888poker.com, us.888casino.com, Harrahscasino.com, and Caesarscasino.com. Three are Borgata/bwin.Party sites in NJ.PartyPoker.com, Borgatacasino.com, and Borgatapoker.com. Tropican/Gamesys are releasing tropicanacasino.com and virgincasino.com, Trump Taj Mahal/Ultimate Gaming are releasing ucasino.com, and Trump Plaza/Betfair are releasing betfaircasino.com
The Golden Nugget has partnered up with Amaya Gaming and they took part of the soft launch, and they are still in the middle of the test phase for their own site. Revel and Atlantic Club are still in the midst of getting things going, but it could be a bit due to their financial straits that they are dealing with. PokerStars/Resorts International hasn’t been cleared just yet in terms of their partnership, so they haven’t began the test phase.
Taj Mahal/Ultimate Gaming has started their action off with a bang, as the Ultimate Gaming officials brought in three celebrities from a suite in the Taj Mahal to start of the action. These included UFC president Dana White, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, and Jersey Shore star Jennifer “JWoww” Farley. They all got into the action right as it hit midnight.
We’ve already seen a 24 hour peak of 210 players, and a seven day average of 60 cash game players, even though things literally just kicked off (this was at WSOP.com). The 888 operated All American Poker Network saw a peak of 175 players, with a seven day projection of 45 players.
It’s a safe bet that anywhere in the United States that there is online poker, that the players are going to flock. I’ve heard rumors of players actually considering making the move to New Jersey due to the option for online poker play. The move is going to likely be at least until we see online poker become legal in other states through the US. It’s likely that this could happen fairly soon though, but not within the next half of a year more than likely.
Online poker is still a massively booming industry, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see things go off sooner than later in New Jersey. The state as a whole has been waiting for online poker to come, and with the many casinos that are there, you know that live poker is a huge industry as well. With New Jersey online poker and online gambling running, we could very well see things grow in other states, really just depending on how things go with the launch of these many online gambling sites.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of online gambling in New Jersey, and also how things go with these new sites that are up and running in New Jersey currently.