New Jersey poker sites are licensed through Atlantic City casinos. Playing poker online in New Jersey is just as safe as playing it in person in Atlantic City.
Borgata, partypoker and playMGM are licensed through Borgata, while WSOP.com and 888 operate under Harrah’s gaming license.
PokerStars made its long-awaited return to the US in New Jersey and won approval by the NJDGE on Sept. 30, 2015, with Resorts Casino Hotel as its partner. PokerStars NJ launched to much fanfare in March 2016.
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NJ online poker sites overview
Regulated and entirely legal New Jersey online poker launched on Nov. 21, 2013. There are now four poker networks operating seven online poker sites in NJ. Licensed online poker sites in New Jersey include:
- WSOP.com (888poker)
- partypoker (Borgata Poker, playMGM Poker)
- Pala Poker
In April 2018, New Jersey joined the interstate online poker compact with Nevada and Delaware to create a tri-state liquidity pool. As the only operator in all three states, WSOP.com announced new player rewards and promotions to celebrate the exciting launch for players.
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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.
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 & Go tickets.
888 Poker NJ review — $20 free!
888 offers new depositors a 100 percent, 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 sign-ups get $4 in poker chips and six $1 tournament entries.
Pala Poker NJ review
Pala Poker is the newest online poker site launched in New Jersey. New players are given $15 free with bonus code OVBONUS.
New depositors are given 100 percent up to $500.
PartyPoker is on the same network as Borgata poker. It offers a 100 percent, 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 will qualify for a $25 in free chips with bonus code MAXBONUS. This includes $10 in poker chips, $5 in tournament tickets and $10 in New Jersey casino free play.
Borgata is the most-profitable casino in Atlantic City regarding gaming revenue. It uses software powered by bwin.party.
The Borgata poker site offers new players a 100 percent, 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.
PlayMGM launched in 2017 as the third poker site on Borgata’s license. It operates in much the same way that its sister sites (Borgata and PartyPoker) do, and uses GVC’s software platform to power the site.
New players to playMGM can receive $25 free, just for signing up. The only requirements are that the player is 21 or older and physically located in New Jersey.
Additionally, playMGM will match 100 percent of the player’s first deposit. The match extends to $1,000, so playMGM is home to one of the most generous offers in all of New Jersey.
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/PartyPoker and Casino/playMGM 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
New Jersey 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 1-2 cents 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 from 1 cent to $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 & Go tournaments
Most New Jersey Sit & Go tournaments are No Limit Texas Hold ’em. The lowest buy-in is $1.
Peak hours spread Sit & Gos up to the $25 level. Sit & Gos have a spread as high as $200. A handful of Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha High/Low Sit & Go tournaments are available during peak hours.
NJ online poker tournaments
There are more than $300,000 in weekly guaranteed poker tournaments in New Jersey. Borgata and PartyPoker 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.
Cellphone triangulation is also used. To determine a player’s location, they use local cellphone 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 Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the first version of the bill. Christie demanded that they raise the tax from 10 to 15 percent and that more funds go toward 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. Gov. 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.
There were five online poker networks 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 couldn’t 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.
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 seven online poker sites live in New Jersey:
- Pala Poker
- playMGM 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. Cellphone triangulation and Wi-Fi positioning determine the location of the player.
This technology allows multiple cellphone towers to ping a phone to determine its location, as well as local wireless signals.
How accurate is cellphone triangulation?
Cellphone 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, but in May 2018 the state joined Nevada and Delaware to create a tri-state online poker network. Poker players in New Jersey can compete with players in Nevada and Delaware only on WSOP.com. 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, the 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 the 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 the 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.