Online operators in New Jersey will only have 8 hours per day for the first two days of the soft launch period in which to test their software.
In an unexpected announcement, a spokesperson from New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement indicated that iGaming operators in New Jersey will only have 8 hours to test their systems on November 21st and 22nd – the first two days of the state’s iGaming “soft launch” period. It was also revealed that the soft launch may extend beyond the initial five day period, if deemed necessary.
What this means is that the casinos that have received transactional waivers are not guaranteed to open their virtual doors to the public on iGaming’s go-live date of November 26th.
Players hoping to get into the action early are encouraged to visit one of several sites now taking applications for pre-launch activities. They include:
- The Borgata
- PartyPoker NJ
- Let’s Play New Jersey – Betfair
- UCasino – Ultimate Gaming
- Golden Nugget
Participation in beta testing is by invite only. Some sites, like the Golden Nugget’s, have already sent invitations to players that have frequented its play-money online poker site.
After the first two 8-hour testing periods are completed, online operators will be allowed to conduct 14-hour tests on November 23rd, followed by round the clock testing on the 24th and 25th. If all goes well, the operator will be given a green light prior to the 26th.
In the past week, 13 transactional waivers have been issued to seven different casinos and their online partners. Any casino possessing a waiver is permitted to participate in the soft launch. However, they still must be granted a full license to operate by the DGE.
Eight more companies have proven eligible to receive transactional waivers including Paddy Power North America, Genesis Gaming, Evolution Gaming and WMS Gaming. An announcement is expected from the DGE this Friday regarding their status.
Caesars four-land based casinos and Resorts have yet to receive gaming permits, while PokerStars and Wynn are still awaiting transactional waivers. In lieu of its controversial status in the states, it seems increasingly unlikely that PokerStars will be a part of the first wave of iGaming in New Jersey.