Six of New Jersey’s seven online poker rooms are now open to inhabitants of the Garden State.
NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck announced on Monday that the full launch of iGaming operations in New Jersey would proceed as planned.
From the period of November 21st through the 25th only preselected invitees were permitted to play on NJ’s real money poker sites. As of the 26th, Internet gaming will be open to the public. However, only six out of the seven casinos that participated in the soft launch period will be offering their services.
The Golden Nugget will be noticeably absent from the launch. Rebuck indicated that the casino, and not the DGE, made the difficult decision to undergo further testing. According to sources, the Nugget’s online poker site and casino should go online within a week.
Despite its ultimate success, the soft launch was not without its share of issues. In particular, many players reported problems with the geolocation technology. As to be expected, players close to NJ state borders had trouble playing for real-money. Less expected was the amount of geotargeting issues reported by those residing well within the state’s borders.
The DGE set strict guidelines and requirements for the soft launch period, which probably accounts for the stringent geolocation restrictions. The good news is that no one outside the state of New Jersey was able to access real-money gaming (but they have tried). Over the coming days, the geolocation issues preventing players from wagering bets will in all likelihood diminish.
Server lag, crashes and a dearth of available games also put a damper on some player experiences, but at least the most crippling software issues have appeared to be resolved. Players should note that they will only be able to play for real money on a wifi enabled device.
Players should also be aware that banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and payment portals such as Paypal are declining Internet gambling transactions. Select Mastercard and Visa transactions have also been denied, despite the credit card companies stating that they have amended their policies. More deposit and withdrawal options will become available in the coming days.
New Jersey officially ushered in a new era of online gambling in the Garden State at midnight on November 26th. Below is the most up-to-date listing of NJ online poker sites:
PartyPoker and the Borgata’s NJ online poker site share liquidity, as will Betfair and the Golden Nugget when the latter goes live.