The number of online gambling accounts in New Jersey has surpassed 125,000 according to data released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) on Sunday. The official number of accounts reported by the DGE was 126,231, an increase of 16,285 over the previous week.
New Jersey's newly-regulated Internet gambling market launched on Nov. 26, making it the third state (behind Nevada and Delaware) to offer online gambling in the U.S. Seven casinos — Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and The Golden Nugget — were given full permits to provide real-money online gambling inside state lines. Each operator is allowed to offer a wide variety of games, including poker, blackjack, bingo and slots.
Within a week of the launch in the Garden State more than 50,000 online gamblers had registered for accounts. Another 75,000-plus have been created in the past four weeks.
“We have seen a steady and continual increase in site traffic since November 21 due to the outreach of the casino operators,” said DGE Director David Rebuck. “We are encouraged by their marketing efforts and are optimistic for the future of New Jersey’s Internet gaming industry.”
While seven of the 12 licensed casinos in Atlantic City are offering online poker, two have been dominating the market in the first full month of business. According to PokerScout.com, partypoker owns more than 50% of the market share, averaging 240 real-money cash game players over the past seven days. Caesars Interactive Entertainment's World Series of Poker-branded site, powered by 888 Holdings, had a seven-day average of 150 players, while the All American Poker Network (80 players) and Ultimate Poker (18 players) make up the rest of the market.
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