New Jersey is a very interesting state, because it is one of the few that has regulated poker by via that state government. However, just because it might have regulated poker does not mean that all players should go flocking to it like it is the savior for online poker. Offshore sites are still a very real and legitimate option for all players and can be exceptionally enticing for those who don’t want to be trapped by small fields, bad software, small stakes and the other issues that have plagued the roll out of regulated poker in the state.
It is true that some site have decided that it is not worth the risk of offering games to those who reside in the state’s border, but that is not true for all networks. There are still many great options available to players within the borders of the state and players should very seriously consider these offshore sites for better rewards, and thus more money, than they could possibly get by playing on regulated sites. Below we outline the best options for these players and where you can make the most money!
Chico Poker Network, headlined by BetOnline, has seen a fairly meteoric rise in its traffic over the past couple of months. This has made the network an intriguing possibility for many players as they offer good games, a Sit n’ Go leaderboard and many other promotions. While they don’t offer rakeback, players can take advantage of deposit and reload bonuses fairly regularly. This room is a good option for sit-n-go players and full ring cash game players as both are a fairly popular variant on the site. According to PokerScout.com the 7-day average is 450 players.
Chico Network also has a very good and active sportsbook, as well as an online casino option for players. Chico Network also offers great promotions for both the sportsbook and casino that allow players to easily supplement their win rates and take advantage of the quick withdrawals and payment processing available!
Grand Poker Network may be a new poker room, but their parent company has been around for a very long time. 5Dimes Group is one of the most trusted names in sports betting, and as such, their new poker room should be trusted without the fear that may come with newer, unproven sites. While the room is still growing, 50%+ rakeback and soft games are the hallmark of the room and it is a great opportunity for players to take advantage of.
On top of having access to everything that Winning Poker Network offers through its partnership with Grand Poker Network New Jersey residents will also have access to the world-renowned sports book on 5Dimes. 5Dimes makes it exceptionally easy to move money from your poker account to sportsbook or casino depending on what you want most and where you feel your greatest edge is. You will still have access to the bitcoin deposits and withdrawals offered through Grand Poker network, so this means some of the quickest and easiest funding of accounts can be yours exceptionally easily, as outlined in our awesome guide on how to setup these deposits and withdrawals. Grand Poker Network offers one of the premiere sportsbooks and casinos available to US-based players.
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Players can expect no real difference in the payout times from New Jersey than the rest of the states chronicled in our report. Winning Poker Network, Grand Poker Network and Chico Poker Network all have bitcoin withdrawal options that make payouts exceptionally fast. Other methods are also rather fast, but do take longer than the bitcoin option, hence are rather strong recommendation that you utilize crypto-currency. However they may be easier for some players as there is less middle-man work to deal with those options. No matter your choice these sites provide easy and safe options for payouts.
New Jersey is a lot like Nevada in the sense that most of the laws on the books deal more with operators and the laws surrounding the player themselves are rather vague in nature. New Jersey doesn’t have the focus on cheating laws like Nevada does though, which constitute a significant amount of laws in the latter state. New Jersey has a fairly standard definition of gambling that covers basically any kind of placing of wagers on basically any event that has some kind of value. They however do not have specific penalties for these activities, so it can be a bit difficult to know exactly what would happen to you.
One of the more interesting provisions for online players is that players can fall into the “operators” category fairly easily through normal activities. Once you fall into this category in the eyes of the law you are subject to significantly more defined, and often times harsher, penalties that look to punish those acting outside of their Gaming Commission’s laws. Anyone can be seen as an operator if they promote gambling in any way, such as telling someone about a game, acting as dealer or organizing the game in any fashion. These penalties run from citations to years in jail, depending on how large the operation actually is. The good thing to note is that no one has ever been prosecuted under these laws for anything relating to online poker. So referring to people as operators, while promoting gambling, has not be prosecuted in New Jersey.
New jersey is an interesting state in the respect that it has regulated online gambling, so many of the laws in place are there to attempt to protect it from offshore gambling enterprises that attempt to take away from the market share that these regulated sites would normally enjoy. New Jersey became the second state to legalize online poker, but it has not been the best of times for the state with the regulated poker as the population is rather small, so hitting critical mass on these sites can be fairly difficult. While no site has been brought up on charges for operating an illegal game, like SealsWithClubs in Nevada, many sites are still a bit reticent to jump full bore into New Jersey, because of the very strict and specific laws in place that most states just haven’t explored.
With the regulation of poker in New Jersey many online sites decided that it wasn’t worth the risk of servicing the state anymore. There are now many specific laws outlawing offshore sites from operating from within the states borders or offering services to those who reside in the state, which previously there really hadn’t been, or at least not in such specific ways. With that being said, there are still some great sites that do service the state of New Jersey, because even though there are laws put in place to stop operators, there is very little risk for some of these sites, because they won’t appear in court even if charged. Players can still enjoy these site as well, because the state can’t really go after individual citizens. These sites allow the citizens of New Jersey to be able to get more games running than what would be available to them without the offshore sites and the rather small player pool.
This is a very open and shut section, because regulation has already happened in New Jersey. The unfortunate thing for New Jersey is that regulated online poker has not gone nearly as well for them as what they would have hoped for it to. Much of this likely is caused by outsized expectations for what really should have been expected though, because when you consider the population of the state, it is unlikely that the amount of money to fix the budget problems was ever really going to be on the table as a possibility for getting all of the revenue. They could maybe close the gap, but expecting it to be a cure all was pretty ambitious. When you combine this with the previously slumping profits from the Atlantic City casinos, you could easily see why regulated online poker in New Jersey was just never destined to do as well as they hoped. One thing that could really help the regulated market would be if the rumored partnership between Nevada and New Jersey regulated online poker player pools actually happened, but there has been very little movement on this and we wouldn’t expect this to change any time soon, unfortunately for players of both states.
Despite the diminutive size of New Jersey they host a full array of gambling types with the exception of the state lottery. The most notable type of gambling within the state of New Jersey is that of land based casinos. Atlantic City has become a hub for land based casinos on the East Coast and in the past has held some of the largest tournaments seen in the area. As more casinos in the region pop up though, it has lost some of its appeal and many casinos have had to close. A number of hurricanes over the past couple of years have also not helped the situation. These factors have caused revenues to slip from previous highs, but the importance and history of the region can’t be undone and it still is strongly associated with gambling on the east coast. The other types of gambling in the state, while they do exist are rather small and don’t play near the importance that Atlantic City and the normal casinos do, but are still worth at least mentioning.
If you are lucky enough to have another address in a nearby state, be it your business address, summer home, second apartment, family home, etc, you may have other online poker options available to you. Here are a list of the states that border Maryland and Professional Rakeback's review on each of them: Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, and Delaware.