The online gambling hard launch in New Jersey is one week old and state gaming officials have indicated contentment with how the regime has progressed to this point.
Despite a number of issues in the early going that centered around in-state players being labeled as out-of-staters and credit card deposits being improperly flagged by some financial institutions, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) Director David Rebuck told AP that he is “pleasantly pleased” with the progress made since Nov. 26.
Player accounts now total some 32,000 spread out among the dozen gaming sites that are up and running. As reported by the Daily Journal, 5,000 of those were created on Thanksgiving. After loading up on turkey and getting an equal fill of NFL football action, New Jersey residents and visitors fired up their laptops, desktops and Smartphones to enjoy online poker and casino games over the holiday.
Early numbers from PokerScout reveal that PartyPoker leads in online poker market share in the Garden State, with the WSOP brand of Caesars not far behind. Remember that promotions tied in with wagering restrictions are not allowed for 30 days from launch.
Poker rooms typically offer first-time deposit bonuses that require a certain amount of play before releasing the bonus and these are not yet permitted under a directive from the DGE. Expect marketing efforts of the New Jersey poker sites to kick into high gear after the month-long wait is over.
State officials are hoping that Internet gambling revenue numbers also kick into high gear as time marches on. Reversing a seven-year swoon in the amount of revenue generated by Atlantic City casinos is a high priority and a major reason why Governor Chris Christie signed the igaming bill in February.