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Is gambling legal in New Jersey?

New jersey has a long and varied history when it comes to gambling. Up until 1844 lotteries were common in the state. IN fact, it was funds from lotteries which helped to pay for military aid during the French and Indian war. The funds also helped support the American Revolution.

Several universities such as Queens College (now Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now Princetown University) were also recipients of lottery funds.

The oldest racetrack in the US is the Freehold Raceway which has been there since 1830, while the Monmouth Park Raceway started in 1870. In 1894 New Jersey Legislature banned horse racing and in 1897 all gambling of any kind was banned in the state of New Jersey. 

In 2013 the state started to allow in-state online gambling and five years later they won a lawsuit permitting legal sports betting.  

So, what types of gambling are now legal in New Jersey?

The gambling industry in the state of New Jersey has grown to include not only ‘brick and mortar’ gambling places but also now includes sports betting, fantasy sports, online gambling, horse racing and more.

These days you can find all the major forms of gambling legally in the state and several of them are also legally online.

Legal gaming includes:

  • Horse racing betting Bingo
  • Casinos
  • Poker
  • Games of skill
  • Lottery
  • Fantasy sports

All of these are legal to be played online and in person at various casinos and other locations.

Casinos in New Jersey

After the legalisation of gambling in New Jersey came into force in February 2013 a law stated that each of the casinos was permitted to partner with a software provider to offer gambling choices to players within the state lines.

This encouraged casinos to launch gambling sites, giving players a multitude of gaming choices these days. Casinos also started to offer top casino bonuses as a way to attract clientele to new casinos.

This means that every ‘brick and mortar casino in the state will likely have its own online casino offering a variety of games for players.

Resorts International on Atlantic City Boardwalk was the first legal casino to open in the US outside the city of Nevada.

Right now, New Jersey is home to ten land-based casinos, all of them located in Atlantic City.

Here are the casinos in Atlantic City

  • Golden Nugget
  • Caesars Atlantic City
  • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Ocean Resort Casino
  • Resorts Casino
  • Bally’s AC
  • Bally’s Wild West Casino
  • Harrah’s AC
  • Tropicana
  • Borgata

Horse racing and betting in NJ

All horse racing betting is now regulated by the New Jersey Racing Commission. They are responsible for issuing licenses and overseeing the racing industry.

Betting on horse racing is legal at racetracks, licensed betting sites and authorised off-track betting places.

There are two betting operators permitted to offer mobile and online horse racing betting in the state, namely 4NJBets.com and Betfair Exchange NJ.

The following racetracks are authorised for in-person betting:

  • Monmouth Park
  • Favourites at Egg harbour
  • Meadowlands Racetrack
  • Freehold Raceway
  • Favourites at Gloucester
  • Favourites at Hillsborough
  • Favourites at Tom’s River
  • Favourites at Woodbridge
  • Winners Bayonne
  • The Borgata

Sports betting in NJ

New Jersey was one of the first states to offer ports betting in 2018. Mobile sports betting sites are also regulated in the same way online gambling and land-based casinos are, so need to hold sporting licenses and be partnered with legal software providers to operate.

Poker is now also permitted and is widely available at most land-based casinos. Online poker is only allowed on sites which are licensed by the NJDGE. Any land-based casino can offer poker to their customers.

You can find legal in-person poker rooms at several Atlantic City casinos, one of the major ones being the Borgata Casino which has dozens of tables and high-stake cash games. The Borgata also hosts several major tournaments through the year. 

It is unfortunate that if you live outside Atlantic City, poker is not available as there are no other licensed poker rooms in the state.

Bingo in NJ

Bingo is legal in the state of New Jersey where land-based casinos and gaming sites run bingo games as a normal part of their business. It is also accepted where non-profit organisations host the game to raise money for their charities.

There are several casinos which offer bingo on their online sites:

  • TropicanaCasino.com
  • PalaBingoUSA.com
  • VirginCasino.com

There is a slight difference in the New Jersey method of Bingo where they play 90-ball bingo instead of the traditional 75-ball game. The format and rules are the same.

New Jersey Lotteries

The NJ lottery was first approved and made legal in 1969 and the first drawing was held in 1971.

The NJ lottery offers a mixture of scratch tickets and draw games and the revenue is used to help educational services, centres for the disabled, homes for disabled soldiers and psychiatric hospitals.

An important thing to note is that online lottery ticket sales are not permitted in the state of New Jersey. You must purchase your lottery tickets from an authorised retailer in person.

There is a good selection of lottery games to play, with prizes ranging from $200 to upwards of $100,000. Some are drawn daily, others weekly. Prizes vary with several of the higher paid lottery games.

To sum up

While you may need to head to Atlantic City if you want a land-based casino to visit, you will find plenty of online casinos which you can legally enjoy from the comfort of your own home, at any time you like!

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Murphy’s goal to move to 100% clean energy by 2050 Could Leave New Jersey in the Dark

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Trenton NJ, The state’s goal to move to 100% clean energy by 2050 will be put at risk if the state’s final Energy Master Plan (EMP) relies exclusively on intermittent power sources such as wind and solar energy, NJBIA testified Thursday.

NJBIA Vice President Ray Cantor said solar and wind energy need to be supported by clean natural gas and nuclear power in order to ensure that New Jersey homes and businesses have energy that is affordable, abundant and reliable.

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Over 400 Businesses Line Up for NJEDA’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry

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Atlantic City NJ, Illustrating a strong appetite for the Garden State’s expanding offshore wind industry, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that more than 400 businesses have joined the state’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry since it launched less than five months ago.

The NJEDA, through its Office of Economic Transformation (OET), has been working closely with the Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and other agencies on the Offshore Wind Task Force to expand New Jersey’s offshore wind industry. A consistent piece of feedback throughout this process has been a desire for a comprehensive list of New Jersey-based companies that established offshore wind companies can partner with or purchase from as they advance projects in the state.

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New Jersey Cannabis Convention Atlantic City September 14-15

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Atlantic City NJ, The first annual New Jersey Cannabis Convention is coming to the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of business and medical education September 14-15, 2019. NJCANN will be the largest gathering of New Jersey’s medical marijuana industry professionals, and ultimately those looking forward to the eventual adult use recreational market. With two education programming tracks concurrently running each day, attendees will learn from dozens of speakers representing all corners of the industry.

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Off-Duty NJ Trooper Revives Unconscious Drowning Victim

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Orlando FL, A New Jersey State Trooper on a family vacation in Orlando F.L. performed life-saving CPR on a 7-year-old girl who was found face down in a swimming pool.

On Friday, August 23, Trooper I Charles Travis was near a resort swimming pool when he heard someone calling for help.

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State Police Urges Responsible Driving on Land and Water this Labor Day Weekend

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Bayhead NJ, This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer season, which means many will be on the roads enjoying the final days of sunshine and warm temperatures. Residents and tourists alike can expect increased traffic and congestion on our roadways and waterways this weekend. Responsible vehicle operation both on and off of the water is the first step to ensuring a safe holiday for everyone.

During the 2018 Labor Day holiday period, two of the seven fatal crashes in New Jersey involved impairment from alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. If you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend, don’t make a bad decision by getting behind the wheel. Tragedies can be avoided by calling a taxi, using transportation applications such as Uber and Lyft, having a designated driver, or making plans to stay where you are.

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Public Safety Telecommunicator Rescues Unconscious Man from Burning Car

Jackson Twp NJ, Public Safety Telecommunicator Rescues Unconscious Man from Burning Car

On Tuesday, August 13, Public Safety Telecommunicator Leonard Moore pulled an unconscious man from a burning car moments before it became fully engulfed in flames in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

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Off-Duty NJ State Trooper Rescues Distressed Swimmer

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Sea Isle City NJ, On Saturday, August 3, Detective Sergeant First Class George Wren was vacationing with his family in Sea Isle City, N.J. when he rescued a swimmer who was caught in a riptide and being pulled into the ocean.

Moments after explaining the dangers of the rip current to his children, a woman frantically approached DSFC Wren and screamed that a man was drowning. He observed the man about 75 yards from the shoreline drifting further into the ocean.

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Twenty People Charged in Connection with Jersey Shore Drug Ring

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Asbury Park NJ, Twenty people have been charged for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in the Monmouth County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Nineteen defendants were arrested today and one remains at large. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine or 280 grams or more of crack cocaine (See chart below). The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman in Trenton federal court.

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Out of Touch Governor Waited Too Long to Provide Summer Rental Relief

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OCEAN TOWNSHIP NJ, After Governor Phil Murphy allowed months of lost business and income for people who rely on the summer rental season, Assembly candidates Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso are relieved to hear an 11.625 percent tax passed last year has been repealed. Woolley and Amoroso are challenging Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling in the 11th legislative district.

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