Long Wait for New Jersey iGaming is Over

New Jersey Online Betting Finally a Reality

New Jersey Online Betting Finally a Reality

After what seemed like a very long wait – and a whole lot of anticipation – regulated online betting has officially launched in the state of New Jersey.

The start of the nation’s newest regulated Internet wagering market took place yesterday, November 26.

State became third in the nation to launch iGaming industry

New Jersey is the third state in the U.S. to clear the way for real money online betting.

The first, Nevada, passed such legislation back in 2011. Nevada only permits online poker, with two sites in operation at the present time – Ultimate Poker, which launched in April of this year and Caesars-owned WSOP.com. WSOP.com went live in September, and is currently the only Nevada room to offer a Mac online poker client.

Delaware was the second state in the nation to regulate online betting. Games became available there in late October and, as in New Jersey, a comprehensive array of betting options are on offer from online poker to classic casino games.

Some players report payment processing issues

Echoing similar problems that happened during the launch of Nevada’s marketplace, some players in New Jersey have indicated that they are having a difficult time making deposits onto the new online wagering web sites, this according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Users have reported a far greater rate of success using Mastercards, with those trying to use Visa cards experiencing more snags.

Remarked Joseph Pappano Sr., who is┬ávice president and managing director at Vantiv Inc., a company that processes Visa and Mastercard transactions in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, “For seven years, banks have been conditioned on the ramifications and the penalties associated with accepting illegal Internet gaming transactions.”

Another option for players wishing to make deposits on New Jersey betting sites is doing a direct bank transfer.

“You can use the wire facility, and some customers are using that. That is becoming more of a reliable means of depositing money into their accounts, but it’s still more convenient, I think, to be using a credit card,” commented Brain Mattingley, CEO of 888.

Location verification also posing problems

There have also been reports that some players, despite being located in New Jersey when attempting to access the sites – something that is required under the terms of New Jersey’s iGaming law, which was signed by Governor Chris Christie last February – are receiving error messages indicating that location verification software believes they are elsewhere.

Such problems can arise due to a variety of factors, but appear to be especially affecting those who are using cellular networks to try to enter the sites, which may be routed through other states, causing complication.