Real Money Online Gaming Launches in New Jersey

Anyone within New Jersey state lines can now play online poker on one of six sites that went live Thursday night.

Anyone within New Jersey state lines can now play online poker on one of six sites that went live Thursday night.

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.

Borgata Poker


  • Two of the the three domains registered to the Borgata will bring online poker action to New Jersey residents and visitors. The Borgata is the center of the poker world when it comes to Atlantic City, having recently been announced as the new home for the WPT Championship, and they’ll test the waters with an online poker extension of their successful land-based operation. partnered with the Borgata to get a license of their own to launch PartyPoker in New Jersey. More than seven years after PartyPoker was forced to leave the US market following the UIGEA, they are once again providing (some) US customers the platform that helped the game to explode during the poker boom.


  • Both 888 and will utilize licenses obtained by Bally’s Atlantic City, one of two Caesars properties to receive full licensing in time for Thursday’s soft launch. brings with it, of course, the biggest name brand in poker and a head start in real money gaming in the United States, having already launched in New Jersey. With strong poker presences at Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Atlantic City, along with the 2014 WSOP National Championship scheduled to take place in New Jersey, looks to be one of the early frontrunners in the state.

    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.

  • Ultimate Casino


  • Ultimate Gaming and Betfair have each partnered with a Trump Casino property in Atlantic City, and while other platforms will provide individual casino and poker options these two sites will be hybrids of both on one platform. Ultimate Poker was the first site to go live in Nevada and Ultimate Casino is likewise one of the first platforms to launch in New Jersey. Betfair was the first successful betting exchange in England and they operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.
  • 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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    Tim Fiorvanti

    Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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