Everyone knows that the state of New Jersey offers legalized poker options. The state has long provided live poker games
for players to enjoy and will soon be one of the first states in the US to offer online poker
as well. The state offers many forms of gambling which is available at the more than 10 casinos located in Atlantic City.
The state offers a wide selection of poker games and almost every option of poker variants are legal in the state. Poker players
can visit any brick-and-mortar casino in Atlantic City and they will find a card game to participate in.
When it comes to online poker, the ease of game play is very different. First of all, poker was very prevalent back in the early 2000s with many operators offering their services to residents in the state. However, after the passing of the UGIEA in 2006 and the busting of top poker rooms
in April of 2011, known as Black Friday, most providers were out or getting out of the US. This left players without anywhere to play online poker
legally in the US.
For the past few years, New Jersey legislature has been working hard to provide online gambling options for their residents including online poker. Back in 2011, the state legislature passed a bill for online gambling but the governor of the state, Chris Christie, vetoed the bill.
More proposals would come over the years and Christie would continue to veto these options. Then in December 2012, another bill was created, one in which Christie vetoed, but with conditions. His conditions were then met and online poker was passed in February 2013 in the state.
The new law allows online poker as well as casino games in Atlantic City. This was great news to those in the state but residents will still have to wait until at least 2014 to be able to play online. With the changes, the state of New Jersey now becomes the third state, behind Delaware and Nevada to offer online gambling options. More states are expected to follow as lawmakers are already creating and proposing legislation in the area of online gambling.