A FIRST LOOK AT ONLINE GAMBLING IN NEW JERSEY
by Kenneth R Smith
Tournament expert Ken Smith has appeared on all four seasons of GSN's World Series of Blackjack, and had several appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour on CBS. He is the author of the e-book. How to Win More Blackjack Tournaments: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Supercharge Your Game. Ken hosts the popular website www.BlackjackInfo.com as well as the online tournament community at www.BlackjackTournaments.com. You can subscribe to his free email newsletter at http://www.blackjackinfo.com/news/. Ken also recently released his new pocket blackjack strategy cards, which are available in our BJI store.
An online gambling renaissance began in April last year, when Nevada launched the first legal and regulated online gambling in the U.S. But frankly, Nevada wasn't that big a deal. Online gambling in Nevada is currently limited to online poker only. No blackjack, no other table games, no slots, and no video poker. And so far, Nevada's two online poker rooms have not been wildly successful. Combined, they are currently drawing only a couple hundred online players at their daily peak. There are many reasons for this, and many people in the industry predicted this lackluster performance before the first hand was ever dealt.
But all is not gloom and doom for US online gambling. Two more states recently joined the fray, and their approach is the exact opposite of Nevada's. In November of last year, New Jersey and Delaware each began allowing online gambling, and they permit the full range of casino games to be played online.
Today, if you are physically present in New Jersey or Delaware, you can open an account and play blackjack, slots, and video poker for real money. You need not be a resident of either state, but you must be present in the state to be able to place a bet.
A Different Kind of Gambling Odyssey
In December, I traveled to the east coast to get some in-person experience with the new games. I must admit, it was a very unusual gambling trip. In a snowy and cold visit to New Jersey, I stayed about five miles from Atlantic City, but never even set foot in a brick and mortar casino. Instead, I was holed up in a hotel room with two laptops, trying out a huge variety of real-money gambling games.
As of this writing, there are a total of nine online casinos and five online poker rooms in New Jersey. Over several days, I was able to complete in-depth assessments at three of the New Jersey casinos.
The complete reviews will be published in coming weeks athttp://www.new-jersey-online-casinos.com, but I wanted to share some information about the offerings here with the Blackjack Insider audience.
Online Casinos in New Jersey
On this trip, I focused exclusively on three of the sites, trying every single game offered by each casino. I examined Borgata Casino, Betfair Casino (run by Trump Plaza), and 888 Casino (run by Bally's).
Of those three, my favorite of the bunch was...
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