The New Jersey state legislature legalized online poker in February 2013. Later that year, they became the third state in the United States to launch legal online poker. Since that time, New Jersey has grown to become the #1 market in the United States for legal online poker.
If you are a NJ resident, this means that you can now play regulated online poker in New Jersey without worrying about whether you will be paid when you win. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) regulates online poker the same way they do the casinos in Atlantic City. This gives players extra protection that you will not receive when playing sites located offshore.
Below is a list of the sites currently online in New Jersey and a preview for PokerStars NJ. They are expected to go online in Q3 of 2015.
WSOP NJ has the distinct advantage of being the online extension of the World Series of Poker brand. WSOP.com has become the #1 online poker room in America with a prescience in every state where online poker is legal.
Presently, WSOP.com is the top site in New Jersey and ranks #1 for cash game traffic. In addition, they spread some of the best online tournaments in the state.
888 Poker NJ
888 Poker is one of the oldest and most respected names in the online gambling business. When online gambling was legalized in New Jersey, they were quick to partner with Caesars to offer online poker in the state.
Sharing player pools with WSOP.com, 888 Poker is the top destination in New Jersey for online poker cash games. Their online poker tournaments also command a solid following and they offer satellites to special events such as Poker Night in America.
Borgata Poker NJ
When online poker was legalized in New Jersey, many figured that the Borgata would become a major player in the market. Borgata then teamed up with bwin.party to create one of the best online poker clients in the state.
Borgata Poker offers online poker players everything they could desire in a poker client. In addition to a solid spread of cash games, players enjoy some of the largest online tournament guarantees in the state. Coupled with the brand recognition of the Borgata Casino & Spa, the site draws solid traffic that guarantees players can find a game 24/7.
PartyPoker made the tough choice to leave the United States market following the passage of the UIGEA in 2006. This choice proved +EV long-term as they have been welcomed back to the legalized market with open arms.
PartyPoker NJ has quickly risen to become a popular online poker destination in New Jersey. With over $20,000 in online poker guarantees during the week and over $70,000 in guarantees on the weekend, PartyPoker NJ is the #1 destination for online poker tournament players.
PokerStars has had a difficult time returning to the legalized online poker marketplace. The sale of the company to Amaya in 2014 has opened the door for the online poker giant to return to the United States.
According to reports, PokerStars is expected to receive DGE approval in late 2015 and should begin operations by early 2016 at latest. If this occurs, the site is well positioned to become the #1 site in the state based on their history in online poker.