Gambling in New Jersey has a long and storied history as does gambling regulation. State lotteries and horse racing date back to the early 1800's. In 1976 legislation allowed casinos to operate in New Jersey but only in Atlantic City. The presence of organized crime within the State has made rigorous monitoring and regulation a must and The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is well establihed in all aspects of gambling.
In a bid to increase revenues, Atlantic City's casinos began to offer on-line versions of their games and in November of 2013 legal, regulated on-line gambling began in the State. Clearly, the 'Tech' generation is the target of this form of gambling but it has also opened up a new avenue for the seasoned player to risk a smaller stake without the need to travel up to 3 hours to get to Atlantic City.
Each of the NJ online casinos I have played at so far has its own merits and where you play will depend on what you like to play. Do you prefer slots that you are familiar with or do you want to explore different slots? Do you prefer a large variety of table games? Do you want attentive, instant support? The answers to these questions will help you to determine which casinos to patronize.GETTING STARTED
All players wishing to play for real money on the new New Jersey casino sites must, by law, be located within the borders of New Jersey. Your location is determined by your IP address and by triangulation from cell phone towers so all players must possess a cell phone which will be verified upon registration. When accessing the casino from a wi-fi hot spot you can find out where the signal is originating from using a service like, www.whatismyip.com. If the location shown is not in New Jersey, even if you are, you will not be able to deposit or wager real money. If you have a weak signal on your cell phone, 2 or less bars, you may not be able to be located and , hence, not able play for real money.
Potential players may register their account and play any of the games in 'fun play' mode from anywhere.DEPOSITING & WITHDRAWING
When you are ready to fund your real money account you will find a variety of methods available. Visa and Mastercard debit cards are proving to be a reliable, convenient method to deposit, however, credit cards are not enjoying the same success rate. American Express have stated that their cards will not be able to be used to fund casino accounts. Most casinos offer ACH (automated clearing house) electronic funding which will transfer money directly from your checking account. Several offer an option to deposit cash at local 7-11 convenience stores using a bar card which the casino sends to your smart phone. The other options are to mail a check to the casino or you can fund your account at the cage cashier inside your casino of choice at their Atlantic City location. All these options have a minimum deposit amount of $10 and impose no additional fees from the casino.SLOT GAMES
Slot games are the most popular gambling vehicle in nearly any casino and for good reasons. They offer the biggest potential wins, the most variety and the least strategy from the player. Just place your wager, spin the reels and the slot machine does the rest. Modern games regularly allow wagering on from 1 to 1024 paylines and your total bet can be from $0.01 to hunders of dollars per spin. Top jackpots of over $1,000,000.00 are not uncommon. Game providors like IGT, Bally, Ainsworth and Barcrest are behind slot games most people will be familiar with from traditional, land based casinos. Games from other providors like Amaya, Cryptologic or 888 holdings have only been available on-line in other Countries and may not be familiar to U.S. players.
The best choice for slots gamers is defintely Betfair online casino (run initially in association with Trump Plaza and since their demise, with Caesars Entertainment) although the Golden Nugget is a reasonable second choice. You'll find the IGT slots at both, Bally at Golden Nugget and Ainsworth + Incredible Tech games like 50 Dragons, Dragon Lines and Mustang Money at Betfair.VIDEO POKER
Video Poker is enjoyed by many players and is available in several different versions. Tens or Better and Jacks or Better denote the lowest hands which will pay out. Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Dbl. Double Bonus Poker and Aces And Faces Poker feature higher pays for certain hands. Joker Poker and Deuces Wild Poker have wild cards in play and often require a higher hand to generate a payout.BLACK JACK
Black Jack is a simple card game where the goal is to make a higher hand than than the dealer without going over 21. On-line Black Jack provides an excellent opportunity for potential players due to the lower wagering requirements. In most land based casinos you will be hard pressed to find a Black Jack table with wagering of $10 or less per hand and many new players are put off by this fact. On-line you can play for as little as $0.10 per hand so you can get a feel for the game without going broke and there is no pressure on you to make a play while keeping more experienced players waiting.ROULETTE
Roulette is an ancient game which uses a horizontal wheel divided up into 37 (or 38) sections labeled 0 (or 00 and 0) to 36 and colored red or black. Players wager on one number or set of numbers or color, the wheel is spun, a small ball is spun in the opposite direction and payouts are determined by which space the ball ends up in. There are many ways to bet on Roulette and you can find many charlatans who will try to convince you they have a winning system that can't lose. None of these charlatans can explain why they are not winning on their own system and are resorting to trying to sell their method. The reason is they are all bogus and the only way you can beat the house edge is by luck.TABLE POKERS
Table Pokers like Pai-Gow, Stud and Texas Hold 'Em generate a lot of excitement for players and some of these games have professional leagues who travel world wide and play at events which are televised. Many of the players are seasoned veterans who have been playing for years and follow their events religiously. These games can be played on-line against computer generated opponents and some may be played against live opponents from elsewhere in the State.PROBLEMS? QUESTIONS?
If you run into any problems or have questions about any aspect of the casino you are playing at, each of them have an option to contact their Customer Support. Different casinos handle support in different ways: a few casinos offer 24 hour, 7 day live chat support and while this does not always mean your issue can be solved immediately, it does insure that your issue is being attended to. Some casinos limit their live support to certain times of day and some only offer e-mail support.I WON... NOW WHAT?
Okay, so you have played and now you have a tidy little profit and you want to get your money. Again, different casinos handle cash outs in different ways but they all have a pending period where they review cash out requests. The pending period is quoted as, "Up to 48 hours" but most are getting it done much quicker, usually less than 12 hours. Large amounts, over $5000, may require extra review time. All the New Jersey on-line casinos are partnered with land based casinos in Atlantic City and all will pay out at their respective main cage cashiers within the casino immediately following the pendind period.
This is not very convenient for most players and you will probably want to opt for one of the other methods available. You can have a paper check mailed to your home address or the casino can transfer the funds directly into you bank account by ACH electronic check or wire transfer. Time frames for these methods are quoted as, "Up to 14 days", but realistically it is more like 3 or 4 days. There are no additional fees charged by the casino for any of the withdrawal methods.USEFUL LINKS
- Betfair/Caesars - www.betfaircasino.com
- Borgata Casino - www.Borgatacasino.com
- Harrahs/888 Casino - www.HarrahsCasino.com
- Caesars Casino - www.CaesarsCasino.com
- Golden Nugget - www.GoldenNuggetCasino.com
- Tropicana/Virgin - www.virgincasino.com
- Ultimate - www.ucasino.com
- New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement