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Playing online poker in New Jersey has been legal since 2013. That has helped the state to become one of the best in the whole country for online poker fans, and there are plenty of sites to choose from.

All online poker sites here are affiliated with land-based casinos in the state, so you can be confident that they are regulated just as strongly rated as traditional poker rooms.

In this article we look at how online poker is regulated in New Jersey and what games are available. We also provide advice on how to choose a poker room that best suits your particular needs and game preferences.

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New Jersey Went All In 

Poker players are always keen to have as many opportunities to play as possible. It was therefore unsurprising that poker players enthusiastically celebrated the legalization of online poker in New Jersey 2013.

Following the change in legislation which gave online poker in New Jersey the green light, online poker rooms have flourished. Whether you want cash games or tournaments, Texas Hold'em or HORSE, there are plenty of suitable venues to choose from.

The state effectively went All In with the game, and that's good news for all players in New Jersey. It's also good for players in other states where online poker is legal. Why do we say that? Because many New Jersey online poker rooms share player pools with venues in other states where online poker is legal.

Regulation of Online Poker in New Jersey 

Online poker rooms are regulated just as strictly in New Jersey as online casinos and sportsbooks. In fact, it is the same regulatory body, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) that regulates them.

Play at any online poker site bearing the DGE seal of approval and you can be confident of several things. Namely, that the online poker site in question:

  • Has been tested and certified as completely fair and trustworthy.
  • Complies with all data protection laws and is totally secure.
  • Is perfectly legal for players in New Jersey.

Playing Online Poker Legally in New Jersey

New Jersey has one of the best attitudes to online gambling in the country, but it also has strict laws. There are two that everyone who wants to play online poker legally must be aware of:

You can only play online poker in New Jersey if you are at least 21 years old. Therefore, if you are aged 20 or younger, you'll have to wait.

You can online play online poker in New Jersey if you are physically within state boundaries.

Note that the second law just mentioned doesn't mean that you need to be resident in New Jersey to play online poker. It only means you need to be in the state when you play. You could therefore play online poker quite legally if you are visiting the state, even if you live elsewhere.

Where to Play Online Poker in New Jersey

You have plenty of choice about where to play online poker in New Jersey. All of the site detailed eblow are completely legal and bear the all-important DGE seal of approval.

888 Poker

When it comes to games and tournaments, players at 888 Poker have a plethora of options. This venue shares the online player pools of Nevada and Delaware, so you won't always be up against your neighbors.

WSOP (World Series of Poker)

WSOP is one of the most popular poker sites. That isn't surprising when you consider that the World Series of Poker is one of the most popular poker tournaments in the world. Many of the tournaments here serve as satellites to even bigger land-based events, inluding the WSOP itself.

PokerStars

Affiliated with Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, PokerStars has a fantastic range of games and tables. It also boasts some of the biggest online tournaments around.

Borgata Poker

As its name suggests, Borgata Poker is affiliated with the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. They have pooled players with two other online poker sites in New Jersey: PartyPoker and Bet MGM Poker. 

Borgata Poker has many tournaments, including a daily tournament with a $10,000 prize pool. It is one of the better poker sites for beginners thanks to it offering poker tutorials and its own poker school. 

Bet MGM Poker

Like Borgata Poker, Bet MGM Poker is also affiliated with Borgata Casino. It therefore offers similar things, including poker tutorials for those new to the game.

PartyPoker

The PartyPoker site was completely overhauled in 2019, and it looks great. Players here enjoy weekly reload bonuses, a varied range of games and an impressive schedule of tournaments.

PalaPoker

PalaPoker is also affiliated with Borgata Casino but it doesn't share players pools with any other poker site. This venue is best know for its wide variety of tournaments across equally wide staking levels.

Choosing an Online Poker Room 

We have already said that all online poker sites in New Jersey bearing the DGE seal are safe and legal. However, choosing an online poker room that suits you as a player involves more than ensuring its legality.

All poker players have their own unique needs and preferences. Some like to play Texas Hold'em at cash tables. Others prefer tournaments. Still others prefer to play different types of poker, such as Stud or Omaha. And that's just talking about games.

You therefore need to consider your own requirements when exploring new online poker rooms. The most important areas for most players to focus on are:

Available Games and Tournaments

The games and game formats offered by an online poker room are vitally important. If you only ever play Omaha then you shouldn't join a poker site that only offers Texas Hold'em. And vice versa.

Similarly, if you only play in tournaments, you'll want to make sure there are plenty of those available for you.

The good news is that most of the online poker sites in New Jersey offer a very good range of both games and tournaments.

A few of the games most commonly available are No-Limit Texas Hold ’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud Poker and Zoom Poker. Cash games and tournaments are also available pretty much everywhere.

Check that your favourite game or tournament format is on offer before siging up. Also make sure that the poker room has tables and tournaments at the kind of staking level you like to use.

Online Poker Bonuses and Promotions

All online poker sites in New Jersey offer various bonuses and promotions to attract new players. Some sites will give you a No Deposit Bonus just for opening an account. Others will give you a Welcome Bonus that adds bonus cash to your account when you make a deposit of your own.

Each venue will have its own unique offers available, and those may change throughout the year. It therefore makes sense to shop around before jumping in.

As well as comparing the bonuses themselves, also compare the terms and conditions associated with them. Bonuses are often subject to wagering requirements before they can be withdrawn, so do be aware of that.

Customer Support

Online poker rooms are very well managed and most players never have any problems using them. Even so, all regulated poker sites offer solid customer support services for the few who do.

Customer support can be obtained by email, live chat or telephone, but not all sites offer all options. Different poker rooms also have different customer service hours, although many offer help around the clock.

Be sure to take a look at the support that is available before signing up, and not when you actually need assistance.

Banking Options

You need to deposit money in order to win money (unless you just play in freerolls) so how can you do that? Most online poker rooms will give you a variety of banking options to choose from, including bank card, payment card and e-wallets.

All financial transations at a site regulated by the DGE will be safe and secure, so just check that your preferred method is catered for.

New Jersey Online Poker Sites FAQ

Can I play at a New Jersey online poker site if I am outside the state?
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No. You must be within the state borders to play at online poker rooms in New Jersey.

How old do I have to be to play online poker in New Jersey?
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You must be 21 or older to play online poker in New Jersey. There are no exceptions to this law and it is enforced strictly.

Are there low stakes games and tournaments available?
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Yes. All of the online poker rooms in New Jersey have games and tournaments for a variety of stakes, including small stakes. Micro stakes tables and freeroll tournaments may also be available at New Jersey venues.

When was online poker in New Jersey legalized?
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Online poker was legalized in New Jersey in 2013 when Governor Chris Christie signed bill A2578/S1565.

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