Legal New Jersey Online Gambling, Poker & Casinos

New Jersey is one of the most popular gambling destinations in the US, thanks in no small part to Atlantic City's casino scene. In fact, traditional casino games are only permitted in Atlantic City, while tribal casinos and greyhound betting are strictly prohibited.

As yet, the state has failed to address the issues of daily fantasy sports and social gambling, so when you take Atlantic City out of the equation the state's views on gambling aren't as liberal as one would think.

New Jersey Gambling Laws - Summary and Look to the Future

New Jersey is one of only three US state to legalize online gambling. The state has five approved operators (Caesars Interactive, Borgata, Tropicana, Resorts Casino and Golden Nugget).

Online poker has also been regulated here, with PokerStars receiving an NJ iGaming license in 2015.

New Jersey Gambling Laws - A Brief History

  • 1844 - Lotteries outlawed by New Jersey state.
  • 1853 - Freehold Raceway opens its doors.
  • 1870 - Monmouth Park racetrack hosts horse racing meetings.
  • 1894 - State votes to prohibit pari-mutuel wagers.
  • 1897 - State referendum sees all forms of gambling criminalized.
  • 1939 - Pari-mutuel betting re-legalized.
  • 1953 - Charities allowed to operate bingo games and raffles.
  • 1957-59 - State initially bans amusement games but reverses decision two years later.
  • 1970 - Proposals for a state-operated lottery approved.
  • 1976 - Commercial casinos legalized, but restricted to Atlantic City.
  • 1978 - Resorts Casino become Atlantic City's inaugural commercial casino.
  • 1983 - Gambling age raised from 18 to 21 throughout the state.
  • 2011 - Sports wagers approved with bill taking effect from 2012.
  • 2013 - Professional sports leagues oppose sports betting.
  • 2013 - New online gambling bill takes effect.
  • 2015 - PokerStars given iGaming license in New Jersey.

What Types of Gambling are Legal in New Jersey?

  • Casino Gambling – New Jersey was the second US state after Nevada to have casino gambling. While financially the casino business in New jersey has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, there are still many full casinos that operate in New Jersey.
  • Sports Betting – Sports betting is legal in New Jersey on all sports and currently bets can be placed at several race tracks and casinos. Sports betting is still in its infancy in New Jersey and you can follow all of the latest New Jersey sports betting news here.
  • Online Betting – Poker and Casino type gambling is legal in New Jersey and there are several operators in the state. The next logical step for New Jersey in online sports betting and you can follow the progress of online sports betting in New Jersey here.
  • Daily Fantasy – New Jersey doesn’t have an opinion as of yet on Daily Fantasy (DFS) so all of the major players in the space like Draft Kings and Fanduel operate in the space.
  • Poker – Poker is legal in New Jersey and it is played in casinos as well as online.
  • Bingo – Bingo is legal in New Jersey for Charites.
  • Lottery – New Jersey has a lottery that has drawings as well as scratch off tickets.