Legalized gambling came to Atlantic City for good in 1976 and quickly became one of two major destinations in the United States for legalized gaming. Atlantic City held its status as a premier gambling destination through the turn of the century even as gambling was spreading across the United States
By 2006, Atlantic City was bringing in over $5 billion in yearly revenue. However, that peak was short-lived as increased competition and the aging of Atlantic City properties took its toll — revenues declined by over 50% in the proceeding years.
A Background on Atlantic City Online Casinos
With revenue in decline, Atlantic City looked for a new revenue stream – one that was staring the gambling world in the face.
Online casinos and poker rooms exploded during the first decade of the 21st century. Millions of players were playing and billions of dollars were being generated. In the United States, all of the wagers were being made through unregulated online casinos and poker rooms based offshore and in other countries.
In 2011, the Black Friday indictments quickly shut down access to the largest online poker rooms, cutting off access to all but the smallest online poker rooms. There was suddenly an increased appetite to pass regulated online gambling in the United States. Because hurdles were too steep to pass federal legislation, the job had to get done by the states. The state’s efforts were aided by a reversal in Department of Justice policy that claimed that the often-cited Wire Act only applied to sports betting.
The industry and states finally had an opening. After years of discussion, a bill regulating online gambling was passed and signed by New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. New Jersey became the second state to bring gambling to their state, trailing Nevada by a few months.
Requirements of the Law
As with any online gambling regulation there are strict requirements that companies must follow to operate legally. Notably, to offer games in state of New Jersey an online casino or online poker room must partner with a Atlantic City based casino. This has lead to a number of collaborations in the New Jersey market, melding the world of online gambling with the traditional online gambling world.
Play is limited to those who are located in the state of New Jersey at the time of play and players must be at least 21 years of age. Participants do not have to be a resident of New Jersey to play BUT they must be located in the state of New Jersey while playing. This means that tourists who visit the state can take part in regulated online poker and casino games as long as they are physically located in New Jersey. GPS and geo-location software is used to help determine where the gambler is located when making wagers.
While playing in New Jersey, a players are requried to disable remote desktop, VPNs and other prohibited software such as LogMeIn, TeamView, GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC. To register, you will need to provide your social security number to verify your identity.
As for operators, 0nline gambling revenue is taxed at a rate of 15%. In addition, Atlantic City casinos are required to reinvest 1.25% of their revenue into Atlantic City Brick and Mortar activity to aid the town and create additional jobs.
New Jersey online gambling sites must also practice responsibly when operating in the state. All player funds are guaranteed to be separated from operational funds. Personal information is also protected. All online casinos and poker rooms must also go through a intensive testing period to ensure that the casino is both honest and fair in their operations.
Licensed and Atlantic City Casinos
When New Jersey regulated online gambling, existing Atlantic City casinos began partnering with established online gambling software providers to offer online casino and online poker services. Online casino brands have been established for both existing Atlantic City casinos as well as more traditional online gambling providers.
Many New Jersey residents who are less familiar with online gambling may prefer an established name that they have heard about for years in their state (such as Caesars, Golden Nugget), while players that have dipped their toes in online poker in previous years, may find more comfort with names they may recognize from the world of online gambling (888, Poker Stars).
A List of Atlantic City Casinos
So what Atlantic City casinos online can players play from the brick and mortar world?
Below are the main Atlantic City casino brands that players can play when in New Jersey. You do not need to be located in an Atlantic City casino when you place your bets, but there is extra incentive to be located in the casino. Most of the Atlantic City casinos will allow you to deposit from cashier windows located in the casino, where you will be able to receieve direct assistance should any issues arise.
Borgata Casino – Opened in 2003, the Borgata Casino is the largest Atlantic City casino by number of hotel rooms. You can play online casino games through BorgataCasino.com and poker via BorgataPoker.com using bwin.party casino and poker room software.
Caesars Atlantic City – Located in Midtown, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its b&m operations in June 1979. Online you can play through Caesars related properties such as WSOP.com (online poker), Caesarscasino.com and HarrahsCasino.com (online casinos). The online casino platform is powered by Amaya Gaming while WSOP.com uses software from 888.
Golden Nugget Hotel Casino – Launched in 1985, Golden Nugget is one of the smallest casinos in Atlantic City. But they offer one of the most popular online casinos available in New Jersey through GoldenNuggetCasino.com. Software at GoldenNugget Casnio is offered by the NYX Gaming group.
Resorts Casino Hotel – Resorts is the longest running Atlantic City casino, having launched in May of 1978 in Uptown. Resorts Casino and Hotel offers online poker through Poker Stars and online casinos through ResortsCasinos.com and MoheganSunCasino.com.
Tropicana Casino and Resort – With over 2,000 hotel rooms, the Tropicana is not only one of the largest Atlantic City casinos but also the only casino available in Downbeach. To play online casino games at Tropicana, you must go to TropicanaCasino.com.
Bally’s Casino, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment does not offer an online gambling brand.