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New Jersey

Online Casinos in New Jersey need to hold this license to legally operate...

Initially enacted in 1978, the Casino Control Act gave the state of New Jersey powers to enforce gambling law and regulation throughout its jurisdiction.
It’s initial purpose was to ensure the ‘integrity of the casino gaming industry’, whilst at the same time building a ‘legitimate and viable industry, free from the influences of organised crime’. The casino industry in New Jersey is thriving but also heavily regulated, in many ways similar to Nevada but highly distinct to Utah or Hawaii (two states with very heavy regulations).

In order for our reader to be able to navigate this minefield of rules, we’ve broken down some of the most important features of the New Jersey licencing – upheld and enforced by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

This is how the New Jersey license affects players in the state

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Licenses In New Jersey

Importantly, the licenses from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement cover only specific types of gambling products. The following are the gambling products currently covered by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement:

  • Poker
  • Horse racing
  • Casino Games
  • Slot machines and other machine games
  • Mobile gaming
  • Bingo – online versions only
  • Lottery
  • Keno

All of these gambling products are available online and on-land, however casinos who want to have an online site must also have an on-land license first.

One of the main aims of licencing bodies is to accrue tax revenue. The land-based casino tax rate is set at 8%, the tax rate set on online gaming gross revenue is set at 15%.

Ultimately this raises a significant sum of money for the state of New Jersey. For example, in 2017 there was a total of $ 316,805000 raised in gambling taxation.

What Does the Licensing Mean For Players?

Aside from the financial regulations that licencing places upon casinos, allowing states or national governments to levy tax, there are also important consequences for players themselves.

Player Protection

One of the main aims of the regulation is to make way for better player protection.

There are a number of ways that the licensing does this, but one of the most significant is the Technical Services Bureau of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The Technical Services Bureau is a division of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement which ensures the integrity of electronic equipment, e.g. land-based slot machines, but also the security, safety, and fairness of internet gaming.

The divide themselves into four units, each of which is responsible for specific aspects of player protection.

Responsible Gambling

All licensing bodies ensure that their licences follow strict rules curtailing the irresponsible gambling and the promotion of irresponsible gambling, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is no exception here.

Firstly, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement operate a self-exclusion programme, which has been in operation since 2001.

This program allows players to nominate to forfeit their right to gamble and will exclude them from placing any wagers or collecting any winnings from online and on-land casinos.

Players can sign up to be on the list in-person, and since 2013 are also capable of signing up online for online exclusion too. The licensees are required to not issue these players winnings or allow them to wager.

In addition to self-exclusion, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement also have exclusion policies for people such as ‘career of professional offenders, [and] cheats or criminal offenders’. The same rules apply; however, these excluded players are not able to revoke their exclusion orders.

What Casinos Currently Operate Under A New Jersey Casino Licence?

One should not only know how precisely the licences operate and what strictures they place on the casinos, but one should also be aware of the casinos which currently hold them.

There are only a small number of companies with online licenses to operate in New Jersey, however these companies generate a significant portion of tax revenue for the state: from 1978 – 2017, the gross tax revenue from casino gaming is $13,433,804000.

Whilst internet gaming tax revue only goes back to 2013, all but two of these licence holders have more than one licensed web-address which generate that revenue.

The following are the seven authorised sites in New Jersey:

  • Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – ten licensed websites.
  • Caesars Interactive Entertainment (Affiliate of Boardwalk Regency Corporation) – six licenced websites.
  • Golden Nugget Atlantic City – five licensed websites.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – one licensed website.
  • Ocean Resort Casino – one licensed website.
  • Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City – four licensed websites.
  • Tropicana Casino Resort Atlantic City – two licensed websites.