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How to Play Online Poker in New Jersey

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New Jersey is a great state for poker. Players are able to participate in home games, play online and of course, play live in Atlantic City. With very few rules to worry about and plenty of options as to where to play poker, it just doesn’t get any better than the state of New Jersey.

** Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to know the laws in your state. Use of this article is at your own risk.**

Home Poker Games in New Jersey

Home games are definitely legal. The rule of thumb is that home games are fine as long as you’re not earning money from them. You can’t charge an entry fee or rake.

The other thing that you want to be careful of is promoting home games. You cannot solicit or market your home game in any way. You also cannot help others promote their game. Failure to comply will result in a punishment of up to 5 years and/or up to a $35,000 fine.

Playing Online Poker in New Jersey

Playing online poker is fine in New Jersey. In fact, it’s more than fine. Earlier in 2011, they passed a bill to legalize and regulate online poker. However, two months later it was vetoed by the governor. You can’t be too shocked though. The governor’s campaign(s) is partially funded by Caesars in Las Vegas, so you could assume that the vetoing of the bill was a conflict of interest.

But since you can play online in New Jersey, we would have to recommend trying out www.LockPoker.com if you don’t have an account there already. They offer a large $1,200 deposit bonus, have over 10,000 players on their site at any time and have a large variety of games. For more details, please see the Lock review.

Casino Poker in New Jersey

There is definitely live poker in New Jersey — does Atlantic City ring a bell? You’ll find that a majority of casinos in New Jersey offer live poker. We’ve listed a couple of them along with the games they offer below.

  • The Borgata: At The Borgata, you’ll be able to play holdem and omaha in the tournament, cash game and SNG format. There are plenty of promotions too including bad beat and high hand jackpots.
  • Tropicana: The Tropicana spreads holdem, stud and omaha cash games and tournaments. They have bad beat and high hand jackpots as well as an appealing food menu.

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Written by Matt Geer

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