Is Online Gambling Legal in New Jersey?

Legal Online Casinos NJ

In January 2011, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill sponsored by Raymond Lesniak to allow online gambling by New Jersey residents over the age of 21. Because the state constitution only allows casino gambling in Atlantic City, the legislation specified that the computer servers operating the online gambling websites must be located at licensed casinos in Atlantic City. The Lesniak bill evaded possible federal prohibitions against online gambling by authorizing the Casino Control Commission to create regulations to ensure that the bets were placed from inside New Jersey.

However, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the legislation because of concerns that “allowing customers to bet through any computer terminal left open the chance of commercial businesses such as nightclubs and cafes becoming gambling hubs around the state”, and “the bill further created a legal fiction that a bet placed anywhere in New Jersey counted as an Atlantic City bet.”

Casino Earnings

New Jersey currently has seven casinos, all of which are located in Atlantic City. In 2011, New Jersey’s casinos employed approximately 33,000 employees, had 28.5 million visitors, made $3.3 billion in gaming revenue, and paid $278 million in taxes. They are regulated by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Legal Casinos in New Jersey

Online Casino Land-based Casino partner Year launched Permit
SugarHouse Online Casino Golden Nugget 2016 NJIGP 15-002
Virgin Online Casino Tropicana 2013 NJIGP 15-005
Golden Nugget Golden Nugget 2013 NJIGP 15-002
Betfair NJ Golden Nugget 2013 NJIGP 15-002
Tropicana Online Tropicana 2013 NJIGP 15-005
Borgata Online Borgata 2013 NJIGP 15-001
PokerStars NJ Casino Resorts 2016 NJIGP 15-008

Online Gambling Minimum Age

A person must be 21 years of age to gamble at a casino in New Jersey. It is legal for a minor to go to a casino, insofar as they do not gamble, consume alcoholic beverage, or remain on the gambling floor. Underage gambling at a casino is a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor), punishible by a $500–$1000 fine and a mandatory six-month driver’s license suspension, and plea bargaining of underage gambling charges is prohibited. The legal age for other forms of licensed gambling (e.g., lottery, horse race) is 18, but a person under 18 may take part in amusement games where the prize is an item (e.g., a stuffed animal), and not cash. There is no minimum age for social gambling.