Online gambling fans that live in New Jersey can rejoice as they now have legal options to play poker and casino games online.
New Jersey is set to join Nevada and Delaware as far as U.S. states that now offer residents the chance to play poker or casino games online for real money. Numerous U.S. states are in the process of evaluating online gambling, with some moving faster than others to get Internet poker and casino sites up and running (and generating tax revenues).
Games in New Jersey launched last week although most online sites are still in a trial period in New Jersey, where sites are required by state law to first go live as a soft lauch for a minimum of five days as they're evaluated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement before being given approval for a full launch.
Nevada was the first state to jump into the legal U.S. online gambling market but it only approved the offering of online poker; New Jersey is set to offer poker as well as online slots, craps, blackjack, and other casino games.
Only residents or visitors to New Jersey are allowed to play the games, with technology in place to prevent children or anyone from outside of state lines from playing at any of New Jersey's online gambling sites. With no federals laws governing online gambling, it is up to each state to establish and regulate their own online gambling regulations in order to offer games to players within state borders.
As far as companies looking to immediately jump into the action in New Jersey, both WSOP.com and Ultimate Gaming are at the forefront and likely have a step up over the competition. Both companies are currently offering online poker to residents in Nevada and have ties to existing casinos in New Jersey as far as marketing their respective online sites to patrons.
WSOP.com is owned by Caesars while Ultimate Gaming is partnering with Taj Mahal Casino in New Jersey to offer its online casino and poker games.