New Jersey Gambling Laws & Online Poker in New Jersey

New Jersey saw its first legal casinos, all in Atlantic City, in 1976.  It would be another 37 years before online gambling first appeared in the state, and the market segment has proven successful.  In 2018, New Jersey was responsible for helping remove Nevada’s monopoly on sports gambling, which many states have begun to offer.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) 2A.40; 2C.37; 5.5; 5.8-9; 5.12
Definition of Gambling Staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the actor’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
Definition of Contest of Chance Any contest, game, pool, gaming scheme or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that skill of the contestants or some other persons may also be a factor therein.
Definition of Player A person who engages in any form of gambling solely as a contestant or bettor, without receiving or becoming entitled to receive any profit therefrom other than personal gambling winnings, and without otherwise rendering any material assistance to the establishment, conduct or operation of the particular gambling activity.
Definition of Internet Gaming The placing of wagers with a casino licensee at a casino located in Atlantic City using a computer network of both federal and non-federal interoperable packet switched data networks through which the casino licensee may offer authorized games to individuals who have established a wagering account with the casino licensee and who are physically present in this State, as authorized by rules established by the division.
Online Poker/Gambling New Jersey legalized online poker and casino games in 2013 and is now the largest internet gaming market in the United States.
Live Poker Many of the casinos in New Jersey offer live poker rooms with cash games and tournaments.
Casinos There are nearly two dozen casinos and racetracks throughout New Jersey, though full casinos are relegated to Atlantic City.
Sports Betting New Jersey is the state that challenged the federal PASPA law that prohibited most states from offering sports betting, and it won its case in the US Supreme Court in 2018 to overturn PASPA and begin offering sports wagering in casinos and online.
DFS Daily fantasy sports became legal in New Jersey in 2017.
Other Forms of Gambling Horse racing and parimutuel wagering, lottery, bingo and raffles for charity.