The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck announced in a conference call today that regulated online gambling in the Garden State has opened the doors to legal real-money gambling and players located within the state's borders, effective immediately, are able to log on and play.
The "soft play" period tested for geo-location issues and real-money testers were set to give the gambling software a rigorous run to test for any issues that might develop. Apparently there were no major bugs or problems to report and the launch is in effect today but the Golden Nugget still remains in test mode.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Caesars Atlantic City and Bally's Atlantic City, are all offering gaming after today's launch and receiving full permits to operate.
Obviously one of the major issues faced by each state's legalization of real-money gaming is geo-location. On that subject, Rebuck says that the state isn't going to risk out-of-state play to lower false positives near the state's digital fences.
One of the main problems still facing online gambling is banking issues. The most popular deposit options are Visa and Mastercard of which many are tied to Bank of America, American Express, Wells Fargo, and Discover Financial Services accounts. All of those banking giants have opted out and do not allow online gambling fund transfers so far but BOA is reviewing the case.
The WSOP.com is one step ahead of the game and has already announced the WSOP.com New Jersey Online Championships. That tournament series is a reminder of the Online Nine tournament series that helped kick off Nevada's WSOP.com legal, real-money online poker recently. The WSOP.com New Jersey Online Championships will feature eight events and a $250,000 guarantee freeroll beginning on January 19th, 2014..
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