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Martin Derbyshire

A veteran of the poker, online casino, and land-based gaming industries, Martin Derbyshire has written for many outlets including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He covers the legal online gambling industry in New Jersey as well as the Pennsylvania market.

About Martin Derbyshire

A veteran of the poker, online casino, and land-based gaming industries, Martin Derbyshire has written for many outlets including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He covers the legal online gambling industry in New Jersey as well as the Pennsylvania market.

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Winning Tips For The Best Roulette Games Online At Golden Nugget Casino

Martin Derbyshire February 20, 2019

Golden Nugget Online Casino actually has one of the largest selections of online roulette games in the NJ Gambling Website industry.

At last count, there were a total of 11 online roulette titles available at Golden Nugget. There is everything from traditional roulette games hailing from both sides of the Atlantic to Live Dealer roulette and roulette with three wheels.

However, the question is, how can we separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to Golden Nugget’s online roulette offerings?

Generally speaking, there is one simple answer.

The trick to finding the best roulette games at any casino is avoiding everything that uses an American roulette wheel. For the most part, that means only playing roulette games that have the words European or French in the title.

The difference is the addition of a double zero slot on American roulette wheels.

It may seem like an insignificant difference, but the addition of the double zero has a huge impact on your odds of winning. In fact, there is a three to four percent Return to Player (RTP) rate difference between American and European or French roulette.

That translates into real money that is obviously better off in your pocket than a casino’s.

Avoid American Roulette games at all cost no matter how patriotic you are. European and French roulette games simply offer you a better chance to win.

Roullete on Golden Nugget

Here’s a quick look at the online roulette titles currently available at Golden Nugget:

  • Roulette (European 97.29% RTP)
  • American Roulette (American 94.74% RTP)
  • Roulette Advanced (European 97.29% RTP)
  • Double Bonus Spin Roulette (American w/ second bonus wheel 98.064% RTP)
  • European Roulette (European 97.29% RTP)
  • Roulette Master (European 97.30% RTP)
  • French Roulette (European 97.30% RTP)
  • Live Casino Floor Roulette (American 94.76% RTP)
  • 3 Wheel Roulette (European w/ 3 wheels 97.29% RTP)
  • Live Multiview Roulette (American 94.76% RTP)
  • Live Roulette (American 94.76% RTP)

How to find the games

If you came here looking for the easiest way to find roulette games on Golden Nugget, that’s simple. There are several ways to navigate your way around the site.

Start by clicking HERE.

Below the top line, the Golden Nugget logo, and various navigation tabs are the site’s promotions and advertising banner. Underneath that, on the left-hand side of the page, you’ll find a search box. Type in the word ‘roulette’ and you’ll be taken straight to a page title tiles for all 11 roulette games.

Alternatively, over on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll find a set of four drop-down menus. The second one from the left reads Game Type.”  Scroll down until you see the word “Roulette. 

This is where you’ll find the title tiles for eight of Golden Nugget’s roulette games. The missing ones are the Live Dealer roulette titles, which you can find by scrolling down to Live Dealer in the drop-down menu.

Finally, on the line below the drop-down menus, you can scroll left to right through a series of links. Click the link labeled “Table Games, or “Live Dealerand you’ll find access to the site’s roulette games among others.

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The best roulette games on Golden Nugget

If you came to this page hoping to find more than just how to find roulette games at Golden Nugget, here’s a little about all 11 games available:

American Roulette

Standard American Roulette offering a $0.10 minimum bet a double zero slot on the wheel and an RTP that, at 94.74 percent, should be ashamed of itself. Colors are bold and graphics are vibrant though.

Double Bonus Spin Roulette

American Roulette that offers an additional two free chances to win on all bets when the Double Bonus Spin is triggered. Enhanced RTP of 98.064 percent. $1 minimum bet.

European Roulette

Standard European Roulette with just one zero, a respectable 97.29 RTP, and a $0.10 minimum bet.

French Roulette

European Roulette with the French La Partage rule whereby player loses only half an even-odds bet if the zero hits. Enhanced RTP of 97.30 percent. $0.10 minimum bet.

Roulette Advanced

European Roulette with just one zero, a respectable 97.29 RTP, and a $0.10 minimum bet. The ‘Advanced’ part of the game refers to a variety of special betting panels.

Roulette

European Roulette with just one zero, a respectable 97.29 RTP, and a $1 minimum bet. Features include a customizable playing field and new bets.

Roulette Master

French Roulette with just one zero, a La Partage enhanced 97.30 RTP, and a $0.01 minimum bet. Includes a customizable playing field and bet features.

3 Wheel Roulette

European Roulette with just one zero, a respectable 97.29 RTP, and a $0.10 minimum bet. Enhancements include the use of three wheels offering three chances to win and a Color Up Bonus feature.

Live Casino Floor Roulette

American Roulette live from the casino floor at Golden Nugget Atlantic City with online betting. Minimum bet is $1 and action is available 24 hours a day. American 94.76 percent RTP.

Live Multiview Roulette

American Roulette live from a studio at Golden Nugget Atlantic City with online betting and interactive viewing. Minimum bet is $1 and action is available 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. EST. Minimum bet is $1. American 94.76 percent RTP.

Live Roulette

Classic American Roulette live from a studio at Golden Nugget Atlantic City with online betting. Minimum bet is $1 and action is available 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. EST. Minimum bet is $1. American 94.76 percent RTP.

Power Play: Take A Shot At NHL Sports Betting In New Jersey

Martin Derbyshire February 19, 2019

The New Jersey Devils may be the state’s only NHL team, but the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and even the New York Islanders are close enough to have a ton of fans in the Garden State.

Put simply, NHL hockey is a big deal in New Jersey, especially since the launch of NJ online sports betting now allows fans to bet on games.

In fact, all licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans of the NHL can bet on hockey games.

Basic NHL bets available include:

  • Moneylines
  • Puck lines
  • Futures
  • Totals
  • Parlays

How to bet on the NHL in NJ

NHL moneylines in NJ

Moneyline bets pay according to the team’s probability of winning.  You just pick a winner and book the bet at odds that are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.

A negative number indicates that the team is the favorite and represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. A positive number indicates that the team is the underdog and represents how much a $100 bet will pay.

NHL puck lines in NJ

Puck line bets in the NHL are moneylines bets with a point spread factored in. Because the average NHL game is decided by two goals or less, the puck line for just about every game is set at -1.5 for the favorite and +1.5 for the underdog.

All you need to do is make the correct prediction with that puck line factored in to win. Puck line bets are booked at odds that are posted on each team just like the moneyline.

NHL futures in NJ

NHL futures are bets on NHL teams involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a future date.

These are often bets on who will win the Division, Conference, or Stanley Cup Finals before the start of the season.

However, NJ sportsbooks will take futures bets on all 31 NHL teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. Just as long as the team you want to bet on is still in contention.

For the most part, the earlier it is in the season, the better the odds available. However, the odds on teams at the bottom of the standings will increase the season progresses.

NHL totals in NJ

NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of goals both teams will score on a game. You decide if the actual total will be over or under that line and bet on it.

NJ sportsbooks typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, whether you like the over or the under.

NHL parlays in NJ

NHL parlays involve combining two or more bets into one. Parlays pay better than the bets would individually. However, every bet that is a part of it must win for the parlay to pay. An NHL parlay could include different bets on one or more NHL games.

NHL in-play betting

Most NJ sportsbooks also offer live in-play betting on NHL games. This allows you to make bets during a game with odds that will fluctuate as the action does.

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NHL betting tips

Betting on NHL games at NJ sportsbooks is an easy process. Picking winners is a whole lot harder.

Improve your picks by focussing on these three NHL facts:

  • There is a home-ice advantage in hockey. Home teams get the last line change and a whole lot more. They get that boost of confidence only playing in front of a home crowd can give a team. Most teams have a big edge at home, but there are some road warriors that have found a way to reduce it. Pay attention to the home and road records of teams to see who holds the real advantage.
  • Most NHL games are decided by a single goal. Plus, the majority feature five goals or less. There’s a palpable parity in the NHL, meaning there’s very little separating teams at the top of the standings from those at the bottom and underdogs regularly upset favorites. Look for lines that provide serious value while allowing you to take advantage of this.
  • Goalies have a huge impact on NHL games. Think of the starting netminder like a starting pitcher in a baseball game in terms of how much influence they will have on the outcome of a game. Bet on the best goalie and take advantage of the opportunity to bet against his team when he gets the odd night off. Plus, look for goalies on hot and cold streaks and bet accordingly. Momentum is real.

Where to bet on the NHL in NJ

The following is a look at the complete legal NJ sports betting landscape, including every retail sportsbook location and NJ sports betting app where you can currently place NHL bets:

NJ sports betting apps

There are 13 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey booking NHL bets. Plus, there are more on the way:

Online SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
playMGMIGTBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
PointsBetNAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
TheScoreBet.WorksMonmouth2019PlannedPlanned
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

NJ retail sportsbook locations

Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state that book NHL bets:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook

Betting NBA Basketball Online In NJ Is A Real Slam Dunk

Martin Derbyshire February 11, 2019

New Jersey lost its only NBA team when the New Jersey Nets moved to moved to Barclays Center and became the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2012. But that hasn’t affected NJ online sports betting.

The Garden State is still full of basketball fans who can now bet on NBA games from all across the country thanks to the launch of legal sports betting in NJ in the summer of 2019.

In fact, most licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, outside of the one retail sports betting operation at Golden Nugget owned by Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans can bet on NBA action.

Basic NBA bets available at most NJ sportsbooks include:

  • Futures
  • Moneylines
  • Spreads
  • Totals
  • Parlays

How to bet on the NBA in NJ

NBA futures in NJ

NBA futures are just what they sound like. These are NBA bets involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a later date.

Traditionally, that means a bet on who will win the Division, Conference, or NBA Finals.

However, NJ sportsbooks will book futures bets on all 30 NBA teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, as long as the team is still in contention.

The earlier it is in the season, the better odds you’ll usually get, except on teams that emerge as massive long shots as the season progresses.

NBA moneylines in NJ

Moneyline bets pay according to what oddsmakers feel are a team’s probability of winning. All you have do is pick the outright winner. The odds on each team are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.

If it’s negative, that team is the favorite and the number represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. If it’s positive, that team is the underdog and the number represents how much each $100 you bet will pay.

NBA spreads in NJ

The spread at NJ sportsbooks is the number of points oddsmakers figure the favorites should win by. A typical NBA home team might be -1.5 point favorite.

Check the line and make the correct prediction with the line factored in to win.

If you take the home -1.5 point favorite, you will when that team wins by two points or more. In this case, bets on the underdog win when the underdog wins outright, or the home favorite wins by just a single point.

NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on spreads -110. That means no matter what side you’re on, you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back.

NBA totals in NJ

NBA totals see NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of points both teams will combine to score. Then it’s up to you to decide if the actual total will be over or under that number.

Again, NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, no matter what side you’re on.

NBA parlays in NJ

Take two or more of the basic NBA bets described above and put it on the same card and you’re betting an NBA parlay.

Parlay cards will pay much better than individual bets. However, you have to win all the bets that are a part of it for the parlay to pay.

You can put together parlay cards involving bets on a single NBA game, multiple NBA games, and even multiple sports.

NBA in-play betting

Additionally, Most NJ sportsbooks will also offer advanced wagering options including live in-play betting on NBA games. This allows you to make bets with odds that change as the action does. It’s a great option for anyone actively sweating their pre-game bets.

Where to bet on the NBA in NJ

As stated earlier, most licensed NJ sportsbooks, outside of Golden Nugget, will book bets on the NBA. Here’s a look at the legal NJ sports betting landscape:

NJ sportsbook apps

Currently, there are 12 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey with more on the way:

Online SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
playMGMIGTBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
PointsBetNAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
TheScoreBet.WorksMonmouth2019PlannedPlanned
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

NJ sportsbook locations

Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook

NBA betting tips

Betting on NBA games at NJ sportsbooks is a simple process, but picking winners is not.

Focus on these three indisputable facts regarding the NBA when you’re making your picks to improve your chances of winning:

  • The best team wins the overwhelming majority of the time, especially at home. Find value by shopping around for the best price on home favorites.
  • Players win games. Read injury reports to see who is in and who is out as the line up usually has a major impact on the outcome of the game.
  • NBA games are almost always tight and often decided by a single basket. Look for big spreads with underdogs that have a tendency to play close games even when they are outclassed.

Beyond Divine Fortune: Seeking Out The Best Online Slots At Golden Nugget

Martin Derbyshire February 6, 2019
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Slots can be a ton of fun, but let’s be honest, the reason most people play slots at NJ gambling websites is the chance to win a big jackpot.

The bigger the jackpot, the more popular a slot usually is.

Golden Nugget Online Casino has everything from fixed jackpot slots to progressive jackpot slots offering the possibility for massive payouts that grow with each and every spin. In fact, the NJ gambling website boasted an incredibly large library of more than 520 different online slots at last count.

There are so many that sifting through the list of online slots at Golden Nugget looking for big jackpots could take up most of the time you had set aside to play.

That is if Golden Nugget didn’t make it so easy to find the best slot payouts on the site.

Finding the best paying slots at Golden Nugget

There are actually several simple and easy ways to find the best slot payouts on Golden Nugget.

First off, you’re going to want to find the progressive jackpot slots because these games can offer some of the largest payouts on the site.

You can identify progressive jackpot slots on Golden Nugget through the green banner on the bottom of the slot’s title tile that contains a dollar figure on it.

For example, when you land on the Golden Nugget homepage, you’ll find a series of ‘FEATURED GAMES’ title tiles on the bottom half of the page. Look around for any containing a green banner with a dollar figure on it.

You should soon spot the Divine Fortune tile and what is most likely a six-figure dollar amount. That’s the size of the game’s progressive jackpot. Just click on the tile and give the game a spin.

Seek and ye shall find slots jackpots

Of course, Golden Nugget makes finding it’s largest jackpot slots even easier by grouping them together on the same searchable page.

On the homepage, below the Golden Nugget logo, top line, and navigation tabs are the promotions and advertising banner. Underneath that, on on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll find a set of four drop-down menus.

The second one from the left reads ‘Game Type.’ Scroll down until you hit ‘Jackpot’ and you’ll find title tiles for every progressive jackpot slot game offered on Golden Nugget.

Plus, below the drop-down menus, you can scroll left to right through a series of links. One of these links is labeled ‘JACKPOTS’ and it will take you to a page with the same progressive jackpot slot title tiles.

The fixed jackpots at Golden Nugget online

It’s going to take a little more time, but you’re going to want to look around for some big fixed jackpot slots on the site next.

Big progressive jackpot slot numbers draw people in, but the maximum payouts on many fixed jackpot slots are often higher.

How exactly can you find the maximum payout numbers for a slot on Golden Nugget? It’s easier than you think as the information is just a click away.

Every slot’s title tile on Golden Nugget contains a small information link on the top right. It’s marked with a small italic i icon. Click on that and you’ll be taken to a page with all kinds of valuable information about that slot, including the maximum payout.

The hot Golden Nugget slots

Finally, you’re going to want to find out which slots are hot. Golden Nugget makes that easy as well.

First off, Golden Nugget advertises big jackpot wins on its promotions and advertising banner. If somebody wins big on the site, you’ll find all kinds of information about it there, including which slot paid off.

Additionally, just on the right of the promotions and advertising banner, you’ll find the ‘Casino Feed’ tab. Click on it, remove the checks from every box except the ‘Winners’ box and you’ll be left with a list of recent big wins on the site, including how much money was won and where.

The name of each game on the feed is also a link right to it, so you can click through to the slot, fire it up and try to repeat the feat. It’s not an exact science. There are obviously no guarantees, but as you’ll see on that list, online slots on Golden Nugget tend to pay out big wins in groups.

For example, the feed recently showed nine big wins on the Ocean Magic slot by one player totaling over $230,000, including three jackpot wins over $50,000 and one over $80,000.

Armed with all this information, you’ll easily be able to find the best slot payouts on Golden Nugget. Now, it’s up to you to go claim one for yourself.

How To Find The Best Table Games At Golden Nugget Online Casino

Martin Derbyshire February 4, 2019

You can obviously find a wide variety of blackjack and roulette games on Golden Nugget Online Casino in New Jersey. But did you know Golden Nugget also offers NJ players a handful of alternative table games as well?

Generally speaking, the returns offered by alternative table games at most casinos stand somewhere between lower-returning slots and high-value games like blackjack. However, the selection of alternative table games on Golden Nugget sits on the high side when it comes to returns. Here’s how it looks:

  • Live baccarat: 98.94 percent (banker), 98.76 percent (player)
  • Live casino hold’em: 97.84 percent
  • Three-card poker: 96.93 percent
  • Let It Ride: 96.49 percent

Golden Nugget had a no-commission baccarat game with RTP’s of 98.54 percent for banker bets and 98.76 percent for player bets. However, the game is no longer available on the site.

How to find the games

If you came to this particular page looking only for how you can find the best table games at Golden Nugget, the answer is a simple one. In fact, there are several ways to find NJ online casino games on the site.

Below the top line, the Golden Nugget logo, and various navigation tabs are the promotions and advertising banner. Underneath that, on the left-hand side of the page, you’ll find a search box. Type in the name of any of the four alternative table games listed above and you’ll be taken straight to a link to that game.

Alternatively, over on the right-hand side of the page, you’ll find a set of four drop-down menus. The second one from the left reads “Game Type.”  Scroll down until you see “Table Games;” this is where you’ll find links to every table game offered on Golden Nugget. Of course, that means you’ll have to sift through the blackjack and roulette titles to find the alternative table games.

Finally, on the line below the drop-down menus, you can scroll left to right through a series of links. One of these links is actually labeled “Table Games,” and it will take you to a page with links to every table game offered on Golden Nugget as well.

The best alternative table games on Golden Nugget

If you came to this page looking for more than just how to find the best table games at Golden Nugget, here’s a little about each of the four alternative table games available there:

Live baccarat

Baccarat is a fast-paced card game that is popular in Asia. Two two-card hands are dealt; one for the banker and another for the player. Players bet on which one will be closer to a value of nine.

Face cards and 10s have a value of zero. Aces are worth one, and all other cards have the value stated on the card. If the value of either hand is eight or nine, it is considered a natural and ends the game.

If the cards add up to more than 10 points only the second digit is used. Therefore, two eights may look like 16, but it is actually a six. Additionally, if the value of the player hand is five or less, another card is dealt. If the player gets a third card, the dealer draws again according to a prescribed set of rules for the card that was dealt to the player.

Live baccarat on Golden Nugget is among the site’s live dealer offerings that blur the lines between online and traditional casino gambling. Real dealers use real cards to play the game. Players watch a live feed of the action and bet using an online interface. Players may also chat and interact with the dealer.

A 5 percent commission is charged on winning banker bets and a Dragon Bonus side bet is available paying out on various wins.

Live casino hold’em

Casino hold’em is a casino game version of the popular, Texas Hold’em poker game. Instead of playing against one another, players in casino hold’em go up against the dealer in an attempt to make a better five-card poker hand using two dealt cards and five community cards.

Live casino hold’em on Golden Nugget is also among the site’s live dealer offerings. These games combine features of online and traditional casino gambling. They use real dealers, real casino equipment and an online interface allowing players to watch a live feed of the action, bet, chat and interact with the dealer.

Players can also place an NJ casino bonus bet in live casino hold’em, which pays out when they draw two aces.

Three-card poker

Golden Nugget’s online three-card poker is a fast-paced casino card game where the player aims to make a better poker hand with three cards than the dealer.

Ante wagers are made, three cards are dealt, and players can choose to either fold or continue by making a “play” wager equal to the ante.

The dealer must have queen-high or better to play. If not, all bets are paid are paid 1-to-1. If the dealer plays, the player must make a better hand to get paid 1-to-1. A tie is a push.

Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a fast-paced online casino card game where the player’s aim is to make the best five-card poker hand with three cards of their own and two community cards.

Players place three equal parts of a bet on three spots. The two community cards are dealt face down and each player receives three cards. Players are then given two opportunities to withdraw one-third of their initial bet. The first comes after the cards are dealt. The second comes after the first community card is turned face up.

Payouts are according to Golden Nugget’s payout table and based on the strength of the five-card hand, starting with a pair of tens.

There is also an optional three-card bonus side bet that pays based solely on the player’s initial three cards.

How To Claim The Best Online Casino Slot Bonus Offers In NJ

Martin Derbyshire January 14, 2019
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Most NJ gambling websites are built for online slot players. The sites feature hundreds of online slot titles, and most will give you free bonus cash to play the slots just for signing up for an account.

NJ’s top online casino sites offer free bonus cash that players can use to play slots all they want. These bonuses almost always require specific wagering requirements to be met. However, these wagering requirements are almost always easier to achieve while playing online slots.

Almost all NJ online casinos offer these no-deposit and first-deposit match bonuses to new players, and they’re all designed perfectly for the online slot fan.

So, exactly how do new players get their hands on all this free bonus cash for playing online slots?

It’s easy; follow this step-by-step guide on how to claim the top three online casino slot bonus offers in NJ:

Betfair

Betfair has the largest no-deposit and first-deposit match bonus among all the NJ gambling websites. It’s also the perfect welcome bonus for slot players.

Firstly, new players at Betfair can get $30 in free bonus cash just for registering on the site. All that’s required to sign up is some basic account information and contact details. Finally, don’t forget to enter the online bonus code PLAY30 when asked.

There is a wagering requirement, but it is only one time, and it can be cleared while playing any online slots.

Next, new players on Betfair who have signed up using the NJ online casino bonus code PLAY30 can take advantage of a 100 percent, first-deposit bonus of up to $2,500.

Once the player has cleared the no-deposit bonus, he or she can click on the site’s cashier tab to make a deposit.

It can be for any amount from $10 to $2,500, and players are welcome to use any one of almost a dozen accepted deposit methods. Betfair allows deposits from third-party payment processors including PayPal. Players can even deposit cash using the PayNearMe app at their local 7-Eleven.

Betfair will match this deposit with a bonus, dollar for dollar. The wagering requirement is a little more stringent, as players need to bet 20x the bonus before they can withdraw any winnings.

However, slots are the perfect way to do this, as they count 100 percent toward meeting the requirement. Roulette counts only 50 percent, and all other games count just 10 percent.

Golden Nugget

Based on the fact its game library now boasts more than 500 different online slot titles, Golden Nugget has grown into the ultimate NJ gambling website for slots players.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s also giving away free bonus cash that players can use to play games.

New players are eligible to receive $20 free just for signing up for an account with Golden Nugget. Creating an account with Golden Nugget is a quick and easy process that requires players to enter login, personal and contact details.

Then, new players need to make sure they enter the Golden Nugget casino bonus code PLAY20 when prompted. That’ll ensure they get the bonus.

There is a wagering requirement of one time, but only slot-play counts 100 percent toward meeting it. All other games count only 20 percent.

After players clear the no-deposit bonus, they click on the site’s deposit tab to make a deposit. That way, as long as they signed up using the bonus code PLAY20, they can take advantage of a 100 percent, first-deposit match of up to $1,500.

Depositing on Golden Nugget is also a fast and easy process. The site accepts most deposit methods imaginable. That includes everything from PayPal and Neteller to cash at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s cage in New Jersey.

Players need to deposit a minimum of $30 and up to $1,500 to take advantage of the offer.

Once the deposit is confirmed, new players need to clear Golden Nugget’s wagering requirements before they can withdraw that bonus cash.

The wagering requirement is 10x the bonus, plus the deposit. However, the good news for slots players is that slot-play counts 100 percent toward meeting it.

All other games only count 20 percent.

Caesars

Caesars online casino has what amounts to the second-largest no deposit bonus available in NJ and a perfect bankroll building opportunity for slots players.

New players are eligible for $25 in free bonus cash just for registering for an account on the site using the promo code PLAYFREE25.

First, a new player must create some login details. Then, enter some personal information, and finally, the contact information. New players must not forget to enter the promo code PLAYFREE25 at the bottom of the sign-up page to receive the bonus.

Caesars NJ online casino’s wagering requirement for this bonus is only 1x on slots. However, it’s 2x on video poker and 5x for all other games.

As long as they’ve used the promo code PLAYFREE25, new players at Caesars are also eligible for a 100 percent, first-deposit match bonus of up to $300.

Players can deposit with Caesars using a variety of methods, from PayPal to cash at Caesars Atlantic City’s cage and just about everything in between.

Caesars’ wagering requirement for this bonus is a little tougher, but it’s still only 5x on slots. In the meantime, its 10x on video poker games, and 25x for all other games.

These are the largest and easiest bonuses in the NJ online casino industry for players to clear. As long as they’re slot players.

How To Claim The Best Online Casino Blackjack Bonus Offers In NJ

Martin Derbyshire January 8, 2019
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Blackjack is far and away the most popular casino game on the planet. This statement holds for brick-and-mortar casinos around the world and NJ gambling websites as well.

Of course, this is because blackjack offers among the best odds of any casino game and a players’ best chance to beat the house.

NJ online casinos offer many different versions of the game with slight rule variations that can have a major impact on those odds. Several NJ gambling websites even offer single-deck blackjack games that offer players an edge.

Most NJ online casinos will also offer free bonus cash promotions to play blackjack.

NJ gambling websites call these no deposit and first-deposit match bonuses. While most are designed for slots players, blackjack fans can take advantage of them as well.

These bonuses require you to meet specific wagering requirements before withdrawing the cash. The requirements are almost always easier to meet by playing online slots.

However, the low-house-edge blackjack games offer means that while it might take a little longer, there is a path toward clearing the bonuses that include blackjack as well.

In fact, its a pretty clear path on at least one NJ gambling site.

Now you want to know how do you can get your hands on some of this free NJ online casino bonus cash while playing online blackjack, don’t you?

It’s easy; follow this step-by-step guide on how to claim the top three online casino blackjack bonus offers in New Jersey:

Virgin

Virgin offers players six different blackjack games.

It isn’t the most extensive selection in NJ. However, it includes a single-deck blackjack game that delivers among the best return to player (RTP) of any casino game in New Jersey.

In fact, Virgin’s single-deck blackjack has an RTP rate of 99.87 percent — that’s hard to beat.

Best of all, Virgin will offer you $25 in free bonus cash if you sign up for a new player account.

It’s as simple as inputting some account information, contact details and personal information, including the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Finally, make sure to enter the promo code 25BUCKS in the space provided and click the checkbox to validate it.

There is a one-time wagering requirement you must meet before you can withdraw any of the bonus money. However, unlike any other NJ gambling website, Virgin allows you to clear its wagering requirement while playing blackjack.

This bonus should be yours in no time if you play the site’s single-deck blackjack to clear it.

Virgin also offers first-time depositors access to a cash-back bonus. The site will refund any part of your first deposit, up to $100, if you lose in the first week playing on the site.

This is an excellent opportunity to play online blackjack risk-free.

Of course, Virgin makes that $100 deposit as easy as can be, offering a variety of deposit methods from instant e-checks (ACH) to cash at Tropicana Casino’s cage in Atlantic City.

Golden Nugget

If you can’t find an online blackjack game to play at Golden Nugget, you’re doing it wrong. In fact, Golden Nugget online casino has a whopping 14 different blackjack games available.

By far, this is the most extensive variety of blackjack games among NJ gambling websites. Plus, Golden Nugget has live dealer blackjack games for you old-school types as well.

Of course, Golden Nugget is also among the NJ online casinos that is giving away free bonus cash that players can use to play blackjack.

As a new player, you can get $20 in free bonus cash just for signing up for an account with Golden Nugget. Creating an account requires you to take a minute or two entering some login information, and personal and contact details.

Then, you need to enter the Golden Nugget casino bonus code PLAY20 to get the bonus.

There is a one-time wagering requirement. However, blackjack play counts only 20 percent toward meeting it, which means you are going to have to put in some work here.

As long as you signed up using the bonus code PLAY20, you can also take advantage of a 100 percent, first-deposit match, up to $1,500, on Golden Nugget.

Depositing on Golden Nugget is also a fast and easy process. The site accepts everything from PayPal and Neteller deposits to cash at Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s cage.

The wagering requirement here is 10x the bonus, plus the deposit. Plus, once again, blackjack play counts only 20 percent toward meeting it.

Caesars Casino & Sports

Caesars online casino has a more than respectable nine different blackjack titles you can choose; they start with minimum bets of just 10 cents.

There’s everything from Micro Limit Blackjack to European Blackjack, Sidebet Blackjack, and Vegas Blackjack.

Caesars Casino & Sports also has the second-largest, no-deposit bonus available in NJ and a better chance to clear it by playing blackjack than most sites.

As a new player, you can get $25 in free bonus cash just for signing up for an account at Caesars using the promo code PLAYFREE25.

Just input a few login details, personal and contact information, and you’re almost there. Just remember to enter the Caesars promo code PLAYFREE25 at the bottom of the sign-up page and the bonus is yours.

The wagering requirement for this bonus is 5x on blackjack, and while there is better, there’s also much worse.

As a new player, as long as you enter the Caesars promo code when signing up, you will also get a 100 percent, first-deposit match bonus of up to $300.

Caesars accepts a rather large variety of deposit methods, from PayPal to cash at the cage at Caesars Atlantic City.

The wagering requirement here is a little more challenging to meet. In fact, it’s 25x for blackjack. However, the low house-edge nature of the game makes it entirely possible to clear this bonus playing blackjack.

How To Claim The Best First Deposit Bonus Offers At NJ Online Casinos

Martin Derbyshire December 27, 2018
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NJ gambling websites are willing to go to great lengths to attract new players. However, it may be surprising to see the even greater lengths NJ gambling websites will go to keep them.

NJ online casinos are doing more than just giving away free bonus cash for something as simple as signing up for an account. They’re offering huge amounts of free bonus cash for those players willing to take the extra step of making a deposit.

The first deposit bonus at NJ gambling websites

In fact, almost all of the Garden State’s online casinos offer something called a first deposit match bonus that does just that.

Of course, like always, there is one catch. These first deposit-match bonuses have some wagering requirements attached. But that simply means players will need to gamble with the money before they can withdraw any winnings.

Other than that, there are no strings attached. While NJ online casinos are strict about the wagering requirements, that doesn’t mean they can’t be met.

How do first-time depositors get their hands on this free bonus cash the NJ gambling websites are giving away?

By simply following this step-by-step guide on how to claim the best first deposit bonus offers at NJ online casinos:

Betfair

Some may remember the biggest no-deposit bonus in the New Jersey online casino business is at Betfair. The same holds for Betfair’s first deposit match bonus.

New players who sign up using the online bonus code PLAY30 are eligible for a 100 percent, first deposit bonus of up to $2,500. It just doesn’t get any bigger than that.

To register for an account on Betfair, a new player provides some necessary account information, a username and password, and contact details. The online bonus code PLAY30 must be entered when prompted.

Then, click on the site’s cashier tab and deposit anywhere from $10 to $2,500 using any of the almost a dozen accepted methods. Betfair takes deposits from PayPal, ACH, prepaid Betfair cards and cash at 7-Eleven with the PayNearMe app.

Betfair will match the deposit with a dollar-for-dollar bonus, as long as the player meets the wagering requirement within 90 days to clear it.

Essentially, a player needs to bet 20 times the bonus on slots before he or she can withdraw any winnings. Roulette counts only 50 percent toward meeting the requirements, and all other games count only 10 percent.

However, as soon as the requirement is met, the deposit, the bonus, and any winnings accumulated are the player’s winnings to keep.

Golden Nugget

New players on Golden Nugget who sign up using the bonus code PLAY20 are also eligible for a rather sizeable first deposit match bonus. This one promises a 100 percent match, up to a whopping $1,500, on a player’s first deposit.

To create an account with Golden Nugget, a player must enter the necessary login details, some personal information, and contact details. He or she must be sure to enter the Golden Nugget online casino bonus code PLAY20 when prompted, then head over to the deposit tab.

Depositing on Golden Nugget is a fast and easy process. The site accepts all kinds of deposit methods from PayPal, Neteller, and cash at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City cage. Players will need to deposit anywhere from $30 to $1,500 to get the bonus.

Once the deposit is confirmed, the bonus will show up in the account. However, Golden Nugget’s wagering requirements must be met before cash can be withdrawn.

The play-through requirement is 10x the bonus plus the deposit. But remember, while slots count 100 percent toward meeting the requirement, all other games only count 20 percent. Plus, Golden Nugget only gives players 30 days to clear it.

888 Casino

888 Casino gives new players who sign up with the promo code WELCOME888 the opportunity for two match-deposit bonuses.

Players can get a 50 percent match bonus, up to $1,000, on their first deposit. Additionally, they can get a 50 percent match bonus, up to $1,000, on their second deposit as well.

Just click on the site’s sign-up tab, enter some personal information, necessary account details and a few last details. Then, make sure to input the WELCOME888 promo code in the correct space.

Once the account is verified, a player can make a deposit with the 888 Casino cashier, using one of several deposit methods available. 888 Casino accepts PayPal, cash at Caesars in Atlantic City and PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations.

A player has 60 days from when the deposits are made to clear a 30x the bonus wagering requirement attached. Slots count 100 percent toward meeting it, but roulette, triple card poker and poker count only 20 percent, and blackjack and video poker count just 10 percent.

The best of the rest

There are other decent first deposit match bonuses available at several NJ gambling websites, including:

Pala Casino and its 100 percent, up to $500, first deposit-match bonus (promo code OVBONUS).

Caesars Casino & Sport and its 100 percent, up to $300, first deposit match bonus (promo code PLAYFREE25).

However, the top three listed above are far and way the best in the business.

Say Yes And Claim The Biggest No-Deposit Bonus Offers At NJ Online Casinos

Martin Derbyshire December 17, 2018
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NJ gambling websites want new players, and they’re willing to do just about anything they can to get them.

That means NJ online casinos are giving away free bonus cash for something as simple as signing up for an account.

The no-deposit bonus at NJ gambling websites

In fact, almost all of the state’s online casinos offer something called a no-deposit bonus that does just that.

Of course, there is one catch. These no-deposit bonuses have wagering requirements attached.

But that means you’ll need to gamble with the money before you can withdraw any winnings.

There’s still no obligation to make a deposit or continue playing on the site. There truly are no strings attached and most of the wagering requirements should be easy enough to meet.

How do you get your hands on the free bonus cash that NJ online casino sites are giving away?

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to claim the biggest no-deposit bonuses at NJ online casinos and you’ll soon be rolling in it.

Betfair NJ

The biggest no-deposit bonus in the New Jersey online casino business can be found at Betfair.

New players on Betfair are eligible for a healthy $30 in free cash before they ever deposit on the site.

First, all you need to do is register for an account. That means inputting some basic account information, including creating a username and password.

Next, you must provide some contact details. Finally, don’t forget to enter the online bonus code PLAY30 when prompted.

Yep; taking advantage of NJ’s largest no-deposit bonus offer is that easy.

Unfortunately, there is a wagering requirement, but it is far from excessive. Simply bet $30 one time and anything you win is yours to keep.

Virgin

Virgin NJ online casino recently upped the ante and is now offering new players an outstanding $25 in free bonus cash just for signing up for an account with the site.

This offer matches the second-largest, no-deposit bonus available in the NJ online casino market.

Once again, all you need to do first is register for an account.

Input your account information, which includes your username and password, and your email address.

Next, you have to give up some contact details and personal information, including the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Finally, remember to enter the promo code 25BUCKS in the space provided and click the checkbox to validate it.

Getting on the path to $25 in free bonus cash at Virgin is that simple. After that, all you need to do is meet a one-time wagering requirement within 30 days and everything you win is yours to keep.

Caesars Casino & Sports

Caesars Casino & Sports shares the distinction of having the second-largest, no-deposit bonus available in the NJ online casino market.

That means you can get ahold of $25 in free bonus cash just for registering for an account on their site.

First, create some login details.

Then, enter some personal information, including your date of birth.

Finally, enter your contact information and don’t forget to enter the promo code PLAYFREE25 at the bottom of the sign-up page when asked.

Caesars Casino & Sports will put $25 into your account immediately. You’ll be able to keep any winnings after you meet the wagering requirement of one time on slots, two times on video poker and five times for all other games.

Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget offers new players $20 in free bonus cash just for signing up for an account on their site.

It may not be as large a bonus as some other sites are offering, but like mom always said, you should never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Instead, create an account with Golden Nugget by entering your login details, personal details, and contact details.

Make sure you enter the Golden Nugget casino bonus code PLAY20 when prompted, and the money will be yours.

Of course, there is a wagering requirement of one time on slots and other games count only 20 percent toward it. However, all the winnings from the bets you make will be yours to keep.

Will The Wire Act Impact The Spread of Sports Betting Across The US?

Martin Derbyshire December 7, 2018
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Florida lawyer, US gambling law and regulations expert, and Forbes contributor Daniel Wallach believes the Wire Act may now be the most important federal law affecting the future of sports betting.

The Wire Act, officially The Interstate Wire Act of 1961, is a federal law prohibiting certain betting related operations in the US.

It reads:

“Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a wire communication which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Basically, this makes it’s illegal to transmit betting information, or money for the purpose of wagering, across state lines.

Betting on an NFL game might be legal in the new NJ sports betting market. However, it remains illegal for anyone to make such a bet in NJ from anywhere outside the state. It doesn’t matter if the bet is made on the phone, the internet, or by any other means.

In 2011, the US Department of Justice issued a formal legal opinion on the Wire Act. It concluded that any wagers outside of sporting events or contests fall outside the act’s reach. This opened up the door for things like NJ online gambling and online lottery sales in several states.

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling affirming the opinion in 2012.

PASPA and the Wire Act

However, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) still stood in the way of state’s legalizing sports betting. That is until the US Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in May 2018.

Seven states (including New Jersey) have since launched legal and regulated in-state sports betting. Pennsylvania launched just before Thanksgiving, and Rhode Island followed in quick succession.

All states are now free to legalize sports betting. However, questions remain regarding a state’s ability to authorize sports betting across state lines on the internet.

Wallach wrote an op-ed on Forbes on the issue. In it, he recognizes the Supreme Court did make mention of the Wire Act in its decision on PASPA. In fact, he says the Wire Act remains the foremost legal obstacle for interstate sports betting. Plus, he says the legality of sports betting in any particular state doesn’t change that.

However, Wallach says the Supreme Court’s discussion of the Wire Act may have an impact on the issue.

The Supreme Court decision compared PASPA to other federal anti-gambling laws. This includes the Wire Act. The decision claims such laws should “respect the policy choices of the people of each State on the controversial issue of gambling.”

The decision reads:

“[Under PASPA], private conduct violates federal law only if it is permitted by state law. That strange rule is exactly the opposite of the general federal approach to gambling…[The Wire Act], which outlaws the interstate transmission of information that assists in the placing of a bet on a sporting event, apply only if the underlying gambling is illegal under state law.”

The Wire Act, state law, and sports betting

Some see this as a suggestion federal gambling laws like the Wire Act only make sports betting illegal when it violates state law.

In other words, the PASPA decision may have changed the interpretation of the Wire Act altogether. In fact, it may make it a requirement that a bet violates state law in order to be prosecutable.

Wallach writes:

“This could be a groundbreaking development because if the Wire Act is interpreted in this fashion, it would allow states to legalize Internet-based sports betting and permit such wagers to be placed by customers physically located outside the state.”

Wallach also mentions several legal commentators and at least one prominent national law firm that share this view. In their minds, the Wire Act only applies to gambling-related activity that is illegal under state or local law.

So far, the states that have launched legal sports betting in the wake of the Supreme Court decision have not challenged this. New Jersey has seen the launch of mobile and online sports betting. However, it’s only happening inside state lines.

Regardless, the legal opinion that the Wire Act allows the transmission of wagers between states is spreading. That is… as long as the bet is legal in both states.

No state law language in the Wire Act

Of course, as Wallach points out, there is no language in the Wire Act making any reference to state law.

According to Wallach, the absence of such language logically precludes the assertion only bets violating state law are prosecutable under the act.

Ultimately, it would be up to a court’s interpretation of the act. Although, Wallach says courts generally follow the “plain and ordinary meaning” of laws. In other words, the courts won’t rewrite the law. Therefore, without any reference to state law in the act, they’re not likely to consider it a part of it.

Wallach suggests every previous federal court decision on the issue has come to the same conclusion. The courts have upheld the idea violations of the Wire Act do not require an underlying violation of state law.

That means, even if it happens between two states with legal sports betting, the Wire Act still prohibits interstate sports betting.

A reinterpretation of the Wire Act

Yet still, there are legal analysts who suggest the Supreme Court decision is a reinterpretation of the Wire Act.

Wallach calls this wishful thinking and suggests it may stem from one of the purposes of the Wire Act to begin with. Wallach says the Wire Act was meant to, in part, assist the various states in the enforcement of their own laws pertaining to gambling and bookmaking. This creates the misconception it is somehow tied to state law.

However, Wallach says the true purpose of the Wire Act has always been to suppress organized criminal gambling activities. The mention of assistance to the states was never meant to defer to state law.

Yet, in its decision, the Supreme Court grouped the Wire Act with a number of federal gambling laws that apply only if the underlying gambling is illegal under state law.

The safe harbor provision

Wallach says he doesn’t believe the Supreme Curt made a mistake, nor was it attempting to change the meaning of the Wire Act. Instead, he suggests it meant to refer to the Wire Act’s safe harbor provision.

This provision allows for the transmission of wagering information, including odds, only if the underlying gambling is legal in both jurisdictions.

In other words, the Wire Act already allowed for the transmission of information between states with legal gambling, and that’s what the Supreme Court is referring to.

This would allow a business that provides odds or risk management services to a sports betting operator in a state where sports betting is legal to send that information from a state where sports betting is also legal.

As Wallach puts it, a company like William Hill US, which provides risk management services to the Delaware Lottery and its sports betting operation, can do so without triggering a potential Wire Act violation. That’s because it is transmitting the information from Nevada, where sports betting is also legal.

That would mean it remains illegal under the Wire Act to place interstate sports bets. However, the passage of information is allowed. This is probably the most likely reason why no state has attempted to test the federal law and launch interstate sports betting.

So is it time to amend the Wire Act?

Of course, as Wallach suggests, it may be time to amend the Wire Act, particularly to allow interstate sports betting where it is legal in both states.

He says that would foster the growth of online sports betting across state lines. Plus, it will make it easier for legal operations to compete with offshore sportsbooks.

It might also protect those in the sports betting business from those who believe the act applies to in-state transmissions routed through other states, as often occurs online.

Bottom line, legal sports betting is on the move. And it’s moving fast. Therefore, an amendment of the Wire Act is needed to clarify these issues. Plus, it will provide a level of comfort to those in the emerging sports betting business in NJ and beyond.