With Nevada and Delaware on board and offering real-money gambling in online casinos, New Jersey is set to open its first online casinos in late November. Spectrum Gaming Group estimates that by 2019, online gambling has the potential to bring the U.S. close to $9 billion per year in revenue, and New Jersey is ready to start collecting some of that money.
Games Range from Slots to Poker
Unlike Nevada that simply legalized online poker, New Jersey took a more progressive approach and also legalized blackjack and online slots. So far, 37 companies have applied for licenses to enter the real-money gambling market, and the launch date is set for November 26th.
Casinos That Applied for Internet Gambling Permits
Atlantic City's Borgata Casino and Spa was the first to receive a gambling permit. The brick and mortar casino spans more than 160,000 square feet and specializes in slot machines with more than 3,400 different games. Online players will gain access to many of these games online, and will also have the chance to join the My Borgata Rewards program that rewards members with comp points for every bet placed. Borgata Casino's partner, Bwin.Party is awaiting its permit so that they can begin building the online casino.
The remaining casinos await approval of their permits. At the time of this writing, 10 of Atlantic City's major casinos have all applied for online gambling permits and have chosen their online gaming partners, 888 Holdings, Bwin, PokerStars, and Ultimate Gaming are among the providers who have also applied for permits. Established Atlantic City casinos will host these casinos, but anyone in New Jersey will be able to play without having to drive for hours to reach Atlantic City.
Keep watching for news of the trial period for the first New Jersey online casino, set for November 21st. If the trial goes as expected, online gambling in New Jersey will launch officially on the 26th.