Next week, on the 26th of November 2013, New Jersey will become the third state in America to permit online gambling. Already, Nevada has allowed internet poker to be played within its borders and just recently Delaware became the second state where online casinos are now legal and regulated.
Just as Delaware had a trial period before the online casinos were launched, New Jersey is now in the middle of this trial period which began on the 21st of November. However only six of the online gambling licence holders fulfilled the criteria necessary to launch their full internet casinos next week. The seventh licence holder, the Golden Nugget Atlantic City Hotel and Casino did not join the others in launching its casino website last Thursday.In order to launch their websites for the trial run last week, the licence holders’ operating system had to pass stringent testing and be approved by the Division of Gaming enforcement. The Golden Nugget’s online casino didn’t pass these tests but it continued to work with the Division of Gaming Enforcement so that it can launch its online casino like the other approved operators. These are run by the following land based casino groups: Trump Plaza, Caesars, The Borgata, The Taj Mahal, The Tropicana and Ballys.
These six operators went straight into the trial phase and the Golden Nugget hoped to join them as soon as its system was approved. It will still be required by the Division of Gaming Enforcement to carry out a full trial period of five days even if the six other operators have launched their full online casinos.The trial period is extremely important to ensure that the operators’ systems will operate correctly under real gaming conditions once the online casinos go live. Among the websites tested during the five days of trials are caesarscasino.com, borgatacasino.com, 888 casino , betfaircasino.com and virgincasino.com .Update: The Golden Nugget was granted approval late on the 21st to launch its online casino after two problems had been sorted out.