In the state of New Jersey, there are now several, established land-based casinos that hold licenses to operate their own online casinos legally for people located within state borders. Some of these companies include the likes Caesars, as well as several other Atlantic City casino hallmark brands.
New Jersey was the third state to legalize online gambling, and the second state to regulate casino-style games on the Web (Delaware was the first). And while the Garden State cannot stake claim to being the first to pass legislation for the regulation of internet wagering, it was the first state to propose legislation, as well as the first to launch live, real-money casinos online.
The first serious attempts to regulate online gambling in New Jersey began in early 2010, when Senator Raymond Lesniak introduced bill, S 3167, which would require Atlantic City casinos to house all equipment needed to operate and host an internet casino on site, and also impose a $200,000 licensing fee, $100,000 annual renewal fee and 20% tax rate. The bill came before a Senate vote in November, 2010, and overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 29-5, marking the first time in US history that a bill calling for the regulation of online gambling was passed by a major branch of government.
Following a State Assembly approval of 63-11-3 in January 2011, it looked as if New Jersey would become the first state to legalize online gambling. However, Governor Chris Christie brought everything to a halt when he vetoed Lesniak’s bill, calling for a voter’s referendum to take place in November.
It wasn’t until the US DOJ changed its stance on the infamous Wire Act, citing it did not apply to remote forms of wagering outside of sports betting, that Governor Christie changed his stance. In early 2012, following a press conference during which Christie expressed his support for online gambling, the ball got rolling again. Senator Lesniak promptly introduced a revised bill, S 1565, along a second piece of legislation, Assembly bill A2578. Christie took to the latter bill, and following a conditional veto calling for a 5% increase in tax (15% total) and greater funding for problem gambling, the bill was amended and signed into law nearly a year later (February 26, 2013).
Since being passed into law, all Atlantic City casino operators (Caesars, Borgata, Tropicana and Trump) have launched one or more online casino sites, and as of 2014, over 100,000 online player accounts were created.
The current list of online casinos and poker rooms operating in New Jersey include the following:
Borgata: BorgataCasino.com, BorgataPoker.com, NJ.PartyPoker.com
Caesars: HarrahsCasino.com, WSOP.com, US.888.com, US.888Poker.com, US.888Casino.com, CaesarsCasino.com
Golden Nugget: GoldenNuggetCasino.com, NJ-Casino.GoldenNuggetCasino.com
Tropicana: TropicanaCasino.com, VirginCasino.com
Trump: UCasino.com, UltimatePoker.com, BetFairCasino.com
For further updates on the regulation of online gambling in New Jersey, please visit the State of New Jersey, Division of Gaming Enforcement