New Jersey iGaming Signups Pass 50k Mark
The extended holiday weekend turned out to be a good one for the newly-launched New Jersey online betting market.
CDC Gaming Reports revealed (via the Associated Press) that signups continued to be strong since Friday, with more than a quarter of the total players who have created accounts on one or more of the gambling sites having done so since then.
14,000 signups over the long holiday weekend
The weekend saw 14,000 additional players log on in New Jersey, a fairly hefty slice of the total 51,000 bettors who have accessed the real money games since the state launched the nascent market in “soft play” mode back on November 21. The full-scale launch, which went live with six active casinos, took place five days later on November 26.
The six companies to make history by being first out of the gate in New Jersey, the third state in the nation to pass legislation to allow for Internet betting, were as follows: the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
CDC reported that on Thursday – the Thanksgiving holiday – five thousand people in the Garden State signed up. It should be noted, however, that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement advised that the total figure could represent some duplication of individuals, pointing out that some signed up across multiple sites.
Those who wish to place online wagers in New Jersey must be above the minimum age of 21 years old and are required to be physically located within the borders of the state when accessing the sites, which offer a variety of games ranging from real money online poker to virtual versions of classic casino games.
Players still reporting various issues
A week in, some players are still commenting that they are having problems, largely related to geolocation checks that confirm a player is indeed located in New Jersey, with other problems centered around payment processing, namely depositing funds onto the brand-new online betting web sites.
Players using Mastercard have experienced far greater success than those who are using Visa cards. Other payment options including direct bank transfers or utilizing Skrill, an e-wallet that functions in a similar manner to the popular payment site PayPal.
Those payment methods have been encouraged, particularly above Visa cards, due to a high rate of success.
As for the geolocation problems, word is that some players are being tagged as being outside of New Jersey when in fact that is not the case. Others have said via 2+2 and other online forums that they have been logged off mid-play, receiving messages informing them that they were not detected in the state despite having been previously permitted to play.
Gaming officials expect these problems to ease up in the coming weeks. Players appear to mostly be taking these quibbles in stride, and it also bears noting that when Nevada launched its first real money online poker site, Ultimate Poker, back in April, similar issues plagued players in the early days.
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