Where You Can Play Online Poker In New Jersey
Can You Play Online Poker in New Jersey?
Online poker is regulated and legal.
Current New Jersey Gambling Laws
After Nevada had been the only state in the U.S. to offer legal gambling for more than four decades, New Jersey passed legislation to allow casinos in Atlantic City the mid-1970s, with the first casino opening in 1978.
After reaching a revenue peak in 2006, the famed "Boardwalk" suffered a decline in subsequent years though has revived of late. Currently, nine casinos operate in Atlantic City, with legislative efforts to allow casinos elsewhere in the state having thus far failed to advance.
Most forms of gambling have been allowed in New Jersey casinos, with sports betting having been added as well in 2018. The state also has horse racing and off-track betting, and was one of the first states to have a lottery (starting in 1969).
In early 2013, New Jersey followed Delaware and Nevada to become the third state to legalize online gambling, including poker. Soon, all of the brick-and-mortar casinos applied for licenses, and by November 2013 the first online gambling sites launched. By mid-2017 the state surpassed the $100 million mark in total online revenue, and by early 2019, the total online revenue began to exceed $30M each month, accounting for nearly 15 percent of the overall gambling revenue realized by Atlantic City casinos.
Best Online Poker Sites for New Jersey Players
While online gambling continues to grow in NJ, revenue from online poker has largely leveled off over recent years and has even been on a downswing of late. Recent monthly revenue reports show online poker only accounting for 5-6 percent of the overall online gambling revenue total, coming in at less than $2 million per month.
Currently, there are seven different online poker sites in operation in New Jersey, the most of any state. All are licensed through NJ casinos.
WSOP.com NJ and 888 US are on a network licensed through Harrah’s. BorgataPoker, partypoker NJ, and playMGM Poker also share a network and are all licensed through Borgata. Since May 2018, shared liquidity has meant players on the NJ network have been able to play against those playing on WSOP.com/888 in both Delaware and Nevada thanks to combined player pools.
PokerStars NJ launched in March 2016 and is licensed through Resorts Casino Hotel. PalaPoker, which launched in July 2017, is the most recent entry in the state, operating on its own with its licensing through the Borgata.
Traffic-wise, the WSOP/888 US network is currently the most popular, particularly during special events such as the occasional WSOP Circuit “stops.” Players can satellite into WSOP events as well on the site. WSOP/888 offers deposit bonuses, a rewards program, a wide variety of cash games, sit-n-gos, and multi-table tournaments (including many with guaranteed prize pools.)
PokerStars NJ enjoyed the largest market share when it first launched, although currently the site ranks second behind the WSOP/888 network. PokerStars NJ offers deposit bonuses and a variety of game options, featuring the same software used by the global site. Thus unlike WSOP/888 which only offers hold’em and Omaha, one can find all the different stud and draw variants, mixed games, and more on PokerStars NJ.
The partypoker NJ network (Borgata, partypoker NJ, and playMGM) is currently third in traffic. The site does offer a no-deposit bonus and runs occasional tournament series such as the Garden State Super Series, though only offers no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.
Meanwhile since its launch Pala Poker has seen very little traffic though does offer a variety of games and formats.