New Jersey online gambling is returning to the “Golden Age of gaming,” with the launch of Stardust Casino.

FanDuel Group and Boyd Gaming Corporation brought back the legendary casino brand on Monday with the introduction of Stardust Online Casino in NJ and Pennsylvania. The app is available on iOS and Android in both states, and the website is taking bets in NJ.

“For nearly 50 years, the Stardust was one of the most famous casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. And while the resort has been gone for more than a decade, the Stardust brand is still as well-known and popular as ever,” said Keith Smith, president and CEO of Boyd Gaming, in a statement announcing the online casino’s launch.

Stardust Casino brings back some old Vegas ‘nostalgia’

FanDuel has rebranded its existing Betfair Casino in New Jersey under Boyd Gaming’s Stardust brand. Betfair dates back to 2013, the first year for NJ online casinos.

Like Betfair, Stardust is operating under the Golden Nugget Online Gaming License.

“The new Stardust Casino will retain all of the great games that customers love on Betfair Casino, while incorporating a new stylish look that captures the glitz, glamour, and nostalgia of old Las Vegas,” said Amy Howe, president of FanDuel Group.

So this means Betfair NJ customers will now be automatically redirected to Stardust. And to make the transition easier, existing customers can use the same login information.

Stardust is using FanDuel’s player account management system, so deposited funds on one site can be wagered on both. The online casino will be linked to Boyd Gaming’s B Connected player loyalty program, allowing players to earn points and tier credits for their online play.

Lots of table games, slot options

NJ online gamblers can find all of their favorite casino games on the new Stardust website or app.  Here are some of the table games:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat
  • Live dealer

The mobile app carries some of the most popular slot titles, including:

  • Divine Fortune
  • Dancing Drums
  • Double Diamond
  • Cleopatra

More than 300 slot games are currently online.

Viva Las Vegas Stardust

The Stardust Resort & Casino in Las Vegas was, arguably, one of the most iconic gambling parlors in history.

The quirky, futuristic space-themed casino opened in 1958 and closed in 2006.

But it is perhaps most famous as the inspiration for the 1995 film, Casino.

Although the fictional casino in the movie is called the Tangiers, the story’s main characters are based on mob gangsters who ran the Stardust and other Vegas casinos in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Speaking of old Las Vegas, there is some irony with the timing of the Stardust brand coming back to life. Resorts World Las Vegas, which is replacing Stardust on the Las Vegas Strip, announced its opening date (June 24) this week.

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David Danzis

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David Danzis is an award-winning journalist who has covered business, politics, government, education, and sports in New Jersey. Most recently, he wrote about Atlantic City casinos, online gaming, and sports betting for The Press of Atlantic City. David is a graduate of Rutgers University.