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- 1 The NJ Online Gaming Scoop: Cash Game And Tournament Traffic For The Week Of October 15
- 2 Everything You Need To Know About The Interstate Online Poker Agreement
- 3 New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware Agree to Deal to Share Online Player Pools
- 4 The Name PokerStars Sure Ain’t What It Used To Be
- 5 Atlantic City Poker Guide: A Look At Where And What You Can Play In New Jersey
- 5.1 NJ online poker sites / network overview
- 5.2 Atlantic City partnerships
- 5.3 NJ online poker cash games
- 5.4 NJ poker sit and gos
- 5.5 NJ online poker tournaments
- 5.6 New Jersey geolocation
- 5.7 New Jersey legal online poker timeline
- 5.8 NJ online poker FAQ
- 5.8.1 When did New Jersey online gaming launch?
- 5.8.2 What online poker rooms are live in New Jersey?
- 5.8.3 What poker networks are there in New Jersey?
- 5.8.4 Do New Jersey sites offer casino games and poker?
- 5.8.5 Does a player have to be in New Jersey to use regulated gaming sites?
- 5.8.6 Does a player have to be a New Jersey resident?
- 5.8.7 How does a site know if a player is in New Jersey?
- 5.8.8 How accurate is cell phone triangulation?
- 5.8.9 How old do you have to be to play at New Jersey regulated online casinos?
- 5.8.10 Will New Jersey poker sites network with other states or countries?
- 5.8.11 Are player to player transfers allowed?
- 5.8.12 Why did Ultimate Poker close in New Jersey?
- 5.8.13 What happened to Betfair New Jersey’s poker site?
- 5.9 NJ online poker banking
There are currently four poker networks involving six sites in the state. Borgata, Party Poker, WSOP.com, PokerStars, 888 and recently launched Pala Poker are the licensed online poker rooms in New Jersey.
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. As mentioned, PokerStars has teamed up with Resorts to operate in the NJ market.
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 early on in its online gambling days, 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. This was due to nonpayment of 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.
Resorts partnered with PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. PokerStars secured a New Jersey gaming license and launched on March 21, 2016. It’s currently the largest NJ online poker site.
PokerStars offers new players at $30 free play for a $20+ deposit. $20 in cash play and $10 in sit and go tickets.
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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.
Pala poker is the newest online poker site launched in New Jersey. New players are given $15 free.
New depositors are given 100% up to $500.
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 and 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 NJ 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. Players receive an additional $10 in pending bonus.
888 offers new depositors a 100% up to $1,500 first deposit bonus. It clears at the same rate as the WSOP.com bonus.
There is also a $20 no deposit bonus. New signups get $4 in poker chips and 6 $1 tournament entries.
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 Casino and Borgata Poker /Party Poker and Casino
- Harrah’s Casino/WSOP/888 Poker and 888 Casino
- PokerStars and Resorts
- Tropicana and Virgin
- Golden Nugget and Betfair
- Caesars Casino and Caesars
- Resorts and Sportech NYX Gaming
- Mohegan Sun Casino and 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 have 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 buy-in is $1.
Peak hours spread sit and gos up to the $25 level. Sit and gos have a 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 buy-in tournament that has a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. This doubles to $100,000 once a month.
WSOP.com and 888 offer a $200 buy-in 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 log-in 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. To determine a player’s location, they use local cell phone towers to ping their mobile device. 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 they raise the tax from 10 percent to 15 percent and that more funds go towards problem gambling programs.
The New Jersey Legislature quickly obliged. They signed the bill 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 location of the servers was 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 Nov. 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 Nov. 26, 2013. Golden Nugget missed the original launch date. It was able to go live in December 2013.
When did New Jersey online gaming launch?
New Jersey online poker and casino games soft-launched on Nov. 21, 2013. It opened to all New Jersey residents within a few days.
What online poker rooms are live in New Jersey?
There are five online poker sites live in New Jersey:
- Party Poker
What poker networks are there in New Jersey?
There are four poker networks in New Jersey.
Do New Jersey sites offer casino games and poker?
Yes, any game approved in Atlantic City may be offered over the internet.
Does a player have to be in New Jersey to use regulated gaming sites?
Yes, players must be located within New Jersey at the time of play.
Does a player have to be a New Jersey resident?
No, visitors are welcome to play while in the state.
How does a site know if a player is in New Jersey?
A player’s IP address determines the computer’s location. Cell phone triangulation and Wi-Fi positioning determine the location of the player.
This technology allows multiple cell phone towers to ping a phone to determine its location, as well as local wireless signals.
How accurate is cell phone triangulation?
Cell phone triangulation may be off by as much as one mile. Players located within one mile of the state line will likely face exclusion due to this issue.
How old do you have to be to play at New Jersey regulated online casinos?
Players must be at least 21 years of age at the time of play. This is the same age as Atlantic City casinos.
Will New Jersey poker sites network with other states or countries?
New Jersey poker sites did not network with other states at first, although this is likely to happen in the future. International player pools are unlikely in the near future.
Are player to player transfers allowed?
New Jersey does not permit player to player transfers due to money laundering and other fraud concerns.
Why did Ultimate Poker close in New Jersey?
Ultimate Poker and UCasino’s partner Trump Entertainment, parent company of Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza, filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2014. Ultimate Poker’s parent company stated it was owed $1.5 million by Trump Entertainment.
They had to cut their losses and leave the New Jersey market. It also left the Nevada market on Nov. 17, 2014. It has since ceased all operations. All players were paid.
What happened to Betfair New Jersey’s poker site?
Betfair’s poker site never drew action in New Jersey. It decided to close its online poker business in the state. Betfair still operates a casino site in New Jersey and all gaming products, including poker, in most other countries.
NJ online poker banking
How can a player deposit at New Jersey poker and casino sites?
Cash deposits at casino cages are mandated by New Jersey interactive gaming law. Credit cards, debit cards, electronic checks and any other method approved by gaming regulators will be accepted.
Options other than cash deposits will be up to the individual site. Prepaid debit cards will not be an option unless the player’s name is imprinted on the card. Neteller, Skrill and PayNearMe are among the unique banking options.
Does a player have to be in New Jersey at the time of deposit?
No, players will be able to deposit without being in New Jersey.
How can a player withdraw from New Jersey poker and casino sites?
Cash withdrawals at NJ online gambling sites are mandated by New Jersey interactive gaming law. Other options include electronic checks and paper checks. Credit and debit cards may only be used for withdrawal if the same card was used for deposit.
Skrill and Neteller debit cards are available for withdrawals.
Does a player have to be in New Jersey to request a withdrawal?
No, a player may request a withdrawal from anywhere.