As of 6 pm Eastern Time Thursday, the first legal online gaming outside of Nevada and Delaware is now live in the state of New Jersey. Six different casinos began their soft launch tests on a total of 13 different websites that will offer poker and a variety of casino games.
All of the platforms that started their soft play phase will, pending final approval from the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, be able to officially launch on November 26. During the test phase, hours of operation will be limited and registration is limited to those invited to test the software by each site. There is a limit of 500 concurrent players during the testing period.
Of the 13 domains approved for legal online gaming so far, six will provide real money online poker action.
888 made a big push over the last several years and is one of the most successful European online poker sites. After sponsoring November Niners JC Tran, Jay Farber and Michiel Brummelhuis this year, along with Jesse Sylvia, Jake Balsiger and Sam Holden in previous years, 888 is set to make a splash in the states as well.
The soft launch will allow operators to offer players real money gaming from 6 pm to 2 am Thursday and Friday nights, and 8 am Saturday to midnight Sunday. After getting final approval, the sites will be able to operate around the clock.
Golden Nugget is likely to launch in the next few days, having cleared all legal hurdles only to suffer minor issues during testing by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, and casino platforms will launch concurrently from all of the sites offering online poker.
PokerStars and their partners at Resorts have yet to receive approval to launch in New Jersey.
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