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New Jersey Online Poker
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Regulated and fully legal New Jersey online poker launched on November 21, 2013. There are currently two poker networks involving four sites in the state. Borgata, Party Poker, WSOP.com, and 888 are the licensed online poker rooms in New Jersey. PokerStars is waiting for its license to enter the market. It will use a separate platform.
All four NJ online poker sites offer free chips to players just for signing up. There are $2,888 in first deposit bonuses that may be claimed by all New Jersey poker players. There are also frequent reload bonuses offered.
New Jersey poker sites are licensed through Atlantic City casinos. Playing poker over the Internet in Jersey is just as safe as playing it in person in Atlantic City. Borgata and Party Poker are licensed through the Borgata, while WSOP.com and 888 operate under the Harrah’s gaming license.
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NJ Online Poker Sites
WSOP.com offers new players a 100% up to $400 first deposit bonus. It clears at a rate of $10 for every $50 in rake or tournament fees paid. New players can also receive a free $10 in chips.
Party Poker is on the same network as Borgata Poker. It offers a 100% up to $1,000 bonus to new depositors. It clears at a rate of $1 for every $2 in rake or tournament fees paid. It is released in 10 equal increments. Players that do not wish to make a deposit qualify for a free $25 in chips. This includes $10 in poker chips, $5 in tournament tickets, and $10 in casino free play.
Borgata is the most profitable casino in Atlantic City in terms of gaming revenue. Its online operations are no different. Its license leads the state in internet gaming revenue. It uses software powered by bwin.party.
The Borgata Poker site offers new players a 100% up to $600 first deposit bonus. It clears at a rate of $1 for every $2 in rake and tournament fees paid. The bonus releases in 10 equal increments. Players that are not ready to deposit may take advantage of a free $10 in chips. An additional $10 in pending bonus is awarded to new players.
888 offers new depositors a 100% up to $888 first deposit bonus. It clears at the same rate as the WSOP.com bonus. There is also a no deposit bonus. New sign ups get $5 in poker chips and 5 $1 tournament entries.
Resorts and PokerStars
Resorts partnered with PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. PokerStars has been unable to secure a New Jersey gaming license. The plan is to launch PokerStars and its sister site Full Tilt Poker under the Resorts license if and when approval is received by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
PokerStars was named in the Black Friday indictments. This is part of why the site has yet to receive a license. An August 2014 sale to Amaya Gaming, a company already licensed in New Jersey, was thought to have cleared the situation up for PokerStars. Apparently, that was not the case.
NJ Online Poker Networks
There were five online poker networks when at the start of the New Jersey regulated online gaming industry. The largest out of the gate was Party/Borgata. WSOP.com was the second largest. 888, Ultimate Poker and Betfair rounded out the list.
It became apparent that New Jersey could not handle five online poker networks. Ultimate Poker was the first to bow out of the New Jersey market. Ultimate Poker and its parent company Ultimate Gaming cited the Trump Entertainment bankruptcy as the reason it left the New Jersey online gaming market. Ultimate Gaming had not been paid royalties in months by its former Atlantic City partner.
Betfair closed its online poker site in December 2014. It had virtually zero players for most of its one year of operations.
888 and WSOP.com merged a majority of the two sites’ player pools. The two New Jersey online poker rooms used the same platforms but had separate player pools before the January 2015 merger.
Atlantic City Partnerships
New Jersey requires all software companies to partner with an Atlantic City casino to operate in the New Jersey online gaming market. These are the current partnerships. Several New Jersey sites do not spread poker and only offer house banked casino games.
Poker and Casino
- Borgata/Party Poker
- Golden Nugget/Betfair
- Caesars Casino/Caesars
- Resorts/Sportech NYX Gaming
NJ Online Poker Cash Games
The most popular online poker game in New Jersey is No Limit Texas Hold’em. It is common to find this game in blinds starting at $.01/$.02 all the way up to $1/$2 during most hours of the day. Six-max and full ring tables are spread.
The other popular online poker games in New Jersey are Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low. These are spread in blinds that start at pennies and often run as high as $.50/$1.
Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud High/Low are available in New Jersey. The action at these tables is scarce.
NJ Poker Sit and Gos
Most New Jersey sit and gos are No Limit Texas Hold’em. The lowest buyin is $1. Peak hours spread sit and gos up to the $25 level. Sit and gos are spread as high as $200. A handful of Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low sit and gos are available during peak hours.
NJ Online Poker Tournaments
There are over $300,000 in weekly guaranteed poker tournaments in New Jersey. Borgata and Party Poker combine to offer a $200 buyin tournament that has a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. This doubles to $100,000 once a month.
WSOP.com and 888 offer a $200 buyin every Sunday where the prize pool varies. It is anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000, depending on the weekend.
Both networks spread at least a dozen guaranteed tournaments every day of the week. Most are rebuy and add-on events. Virtually all are No Limit Texas Hold’em.
New Jersey Geolocation
Players must be located in New Jersey at the time of login to sit at real money tables. New Jersey poker and casino sites use multiple layers of geolocation software to determine whether a player is eligible. A wireless device determines the location of a player based on other connections within reach of the player.
Cell phone triangulation is also used. A mobile device is pinged by local cell phone towers to determine the player’s location. The IP of the connection must also be in New Jersey.
A player that meets the site’s location requirements may play for real money immediately. Players that cannot be located can disconnect and attempt again within seconds. The success rate of this technology is over 99 percent.
New Jersey Legal Online Poker Timeline
New Jersey legalized and regulated online poker and casino games in February 2013. A bill originally passed the New Jersey Legislature in December 2012. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the first version of the bill. Christie demanded that the tax be raised from 10% to 15% and that more funds go towards problem gambling programs.
The New Jersey Legislature quickly obliged. The bill was signed into law within a matter of days.
This was not the first attempt to legalize and regulate online poker and casino games in New Jersey. An online gambling bill passed the state legislature in January 2011. Governor Christie vetoed the bill, citing constitutional concerns. At the time, Christie felt that offering online gambling outside of Atlantic City violated the state constitution, even if the servers were located in Atlantic City. That opinion clearly changed before February 2013.
It only took New Jersey nine months to put regulations and licensing into place. A soft launch of online poker and casino games occurred on November 21, 2013. This was a five day beta testing period that went well for all but one licensee.
Full regulated online gaming went live on November 26, 2013. Golden Nugget missed the original launch date. It was able to go live in December 2013.