New Jersey Casino Gambling Laws

2013 was a great year for online poker and casino enthusiasts. It was a great year for New Jersey too, in that they legalized online gambling and managed to launch 6 sites.

They weren’t the first to do either – they were last.

But they were, and still are, the state that everyone is watching. They have more potential players than both Delaware and Nevada combined. They have more sites. And their numbers to date are more impressive.

A recent poll conducted by the Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism estimates that by the end of 2014 the number of accounts can triple, from 200,000 to 600,000. Considering that revenue has grown fast, up 28% from December to January, one can only imagine where they’ll be at the end of the year if their (account creation) estimates are close.

This is in despite of them having small issues, too. Banking has been a problem. Players are having their Visa and MasterCard deposits turned down. So they’ve had to turn to other options, such as PayNearMe, Skrill and bank wires.

And PokerStars is nowhere in sight. The 800lb gorilla of online poker still hasn’t managed to get the go ahead for their license, despite paying millions in fees and having their CEO step down as requested.

Only time will tell how well online gambling does in New Jersey. But at least they got the ball rolling. That’s more than what other states (*ahem* California *ahem*) can say.

Enjoy your newfound freedom, guys and gals in New Jersey. And take pride in knowing that the phrase, if you’re not first, you’re last, doesn’t apply to online gambling.

The Gambling Laws in New Jersey

The following are cliff-notes of the state’s gambling laws.

Online Gambling – Online gaming is legal at licensed poker rooms and casinos only. For a casino to conduct business online, the state requires that they have a physical presence, or are partnered with a casino that does.

Right now players can play at the following casinos:



Home Poker Games – Social poker games are allowed. However, keep in mind that no one can take a rake or charge a fee for playing. The only money that can be made is money won from your opponents.

Brick and Mortar Casinos – New Jersey is known for their live commercial casinos. You can play poker or your favorite casino games at any one of the following establishments:

  • The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
  • Bally's Atlantic City
  • The Borgata
  • Caesars Atlantic City
  • Golden Nugget Atlantic City
  • Harrah's Atlantic City
  • Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Revel Atlantic City
  • Showboat Atlantic City
  • Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City
  • Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino
  • Trump Taj Mahal


Other – New Jersey has a state lottery, as well as off-track para-mutual betting, charities, bingos, Vegas nights, raffles and races.

If you have any questions about what’s legal in your area, I recommend you contact your lawyer or local law enforcement.

New Jersey Gambling Timeline

The following are cliff-notes of the most important dates for online gambling in New Jersey.

February 14th, 2014 – A poll was conducted that showed that 35% of the 65% of players using non-approved sites have made the switch to legal sites. And 35% only begun gaming once (approved) sites went live the previous November.

January 8th, 2014 – Party Poker signs a marketing deal with the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers. This deal makes Party Poker an official partner, and the ability to run related promos (like giveaways or courtside seats).

January 6th, 2014 – Reports show that nearly 150,000 accounts have been created. During this time frame they also hit over 500 cash game players, crushing Nevada’s numbers at the time.

December 16th, 2013 – Reports show that almost 100,000 accounts have been created at this point, just barely more than 2 weeks after the launch.

November 25th, 2013 – Legislators give the casinos the go-ahead to do a full launch.

November 21st, 2013 – This was the date of the soft launch for the casinos in New Jersey. It was during this time that they wanted to check the software for bugs and ensure that the geo-location / verification system worked.

June 21st, 2013 – PokerStars failed to meet the requirements of their contract with The Atlantic Club. PokerStars already gave them $10+ million to help them through the coming months, and was trying to reinstate the contract so they weren’t out all that money. The Atlantic Club decided to appeal the reinstatement.

June 15th, 2013 – State officials set June 30th as the deadline for casinos to submit requests for gambling permits and licenses. Vendors will need to be licensed too, and will have until June 29th to turn their applications in.

February 2013 – Governor Chris Christie passes a bill that will allow casinos in Atlantic City to operate online casinos for New Jersey residents.