NJ Online Gambling Market Grows By One With PartyCasino NJ Launch

PartyPoker NJ parent company GVC Holdings has launched the new look of its historic PartyCasino site in the New Jersey online casino market.

Gamblers could always find a variety of casino games to play on the PartyPoker NJ online gambling site. Now, those games have a new home with parent company GVC Holdings launching the new look of its historic PartyCasino online in the New Jersey market.

GVC quietly rolled out the PartyCasino NJ gambling site last week and will operate it alongside PartyPoker NJ under the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s internet gambling license.

The launch brings the total number of online gambling sites running under the Borgata license to 10, including:

The original PartyCasino

The original PartyCasino is actually one of the oldest and most successful online casinos in the world. However, it was first launched in 1997 as Starluck Casino by Party Gaming PLC.

When Party Gaming merged with bwin Interactive Entertainment AG in 2011, PartyCasino remained one of the new company’s leading casino brands.

In 2016, the company was acquired by GVC Holdings. A year and a half later, in June 2017, PartyCasino was relaunched with a more modern look and feel. In fact, the site’s cartoon style was ditched in favor of a sophisticated and contemporary two-color purple and blue design.

The PartyCasino NJ product features this new design. However, it also features close to 250 games, the majority of which are online slots.

Table game offerings include:

  • Four different blackjack games
  • Four different roulette games
  • Craps
  • Texas Hold’em bonus poker
  • No-commission baccarat

There are also 11 video poker games and seven slots featuring progressive jackpots. These include popular titles such as Loot’enkhamun, Melon Madness, Going Nuts, and Biker Pigs in a massive progressive jackpot pool that currently stands at more than $2.3 million.

Promotions? Yes, PartyCasino NJ has a few

PartyCasino NJ is being rolled out with a number of promotions. In fact, these include a welcome package for players new to the brand, featuring $500 in deposit bonuses.

Players can spread this out over the course of their first three deposits on the site. It includes a 100 percent first-deposit bonus up to $200, and 100 percent on a second and third deposit up to $150 each.

However, players must use the online promo code WELCOMEBONUS when signing up to take advantage of the offer. Be sure to use this exclusive link to claim the offer.

Additionally, the wagering requirement on the bonus is 20x the deposit plus the bonus on slots. Table games and video poker do not count toward meeting the requirement. Plus, players with existing accounts on PartyPoker NJ are not eligible for the welcome bonus.

PartyCasino NJ is also running a cashback bonus right out of the gate. In fact, it’s Saturday Saver promotion gives players 10 percent of their Saturday losses back as a bonus on Sunday.

Plus, the site’s Personalized Weekly Reload bonus offers players a variable deposit bonus with a 35x wagering requirement.

PartyCasino joins successful NJ online gambling market

Of course, the PartyCasino NJ launch comes on the heels of the news that New Jersey online gambling sites set new monthly records for revenue in January ($21.96 million) and February ($21.99 million).

Additionally, this came after the burgeoning industry posted record revenues of $245.6 million in 2017.

PartyCasino NJ is the first new online gambling site to launch in 2018. However, four, including Pala Poker, Scores Casino, PlayMGM Casino, and Play MGM Poker, launched in 2017.

At least two more sites are expected to launch in 2018 with the remodeled and soon-to-be-reopened Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino both having applied for internet gambling licenses.

Imagine March Madness At Atlantic City Casinos Without The Elephant In The Room

Americans will bet close to $10 billion on March Madness games illegally this year. Imagine an NCAA tournament where that money can be bet legally at Atlantic City casinos if the NJ sports betting case goes in the state’s favor.

March Madness is here. In fact, the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship kicks off Thursday night.

Millions of Americans across the country, including New Jersey, will be watching. However, there’s a good chance they’re interested in more than just who will be crowned National Champion this year. Most will want to know who has the best bracket and who will take down the office pool. Others will wonder which underdog team can help them get the best of their bookie.

And almost all will be wondering just which way the winds will blow when the Supreme Court decides the fate of the NJ sports betting case.

How much do Americans bet on March Madness?

According to the American Gaming Association (AGA), Americans will bet more than $10 billion on March Madness games this year. Betting on college basketball games is still against the law pretty much everywhere outside of Nevada. As a result, the AGA estimates some $9.7 billion of that money will be bet illegally.

Most of the money will be wagered through bookies with ties to organized crime or on illegal offshore online sportsbooks. Plus, some will be wagered on those March Madness bracket pools. Despite their popularity, they are still against the law in most states.

In fact, the AGA says approximately two-thirds of the country has state laws making it illegal to participate in sports pools with cash on the line. That includes filling out an NCAA tournament bracket. However, the AGA also estimates 10 percent of American adults, close to 24 million people, have spent nearly $3 billion over the past year on those same college basketball pools.

Atlantic City casinos and the NJ sports betting case

Atlantic City casinos will be among the most popular places in the state to watch the Madness again this March. The elephant in the different rooms is the fact most people will have something riding on more than just the video poker machine in front of them.

Of course, there’s hope for the future. Plus, there’s a chance what’s going on in the darkness will soon be brought into the light — a chance that elephant won’t be invited next year.

New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill seeking to legalize sports betting at racetracks and casinos in 2011. Major professional and amateur sports leagues, including the NCAA, took the state to court.

They were successful in having the NJ sports betting law struck down. However, the state tried again in 2014, passing a second bill aimed at legalizing sports betting. The leagues filed another lawsuit, and the courts struck down the NJ sports betting law again.

New Jersey appealed. The first appeals were denied. However, the state was ultimately successful in getting the Supreme Court of the United States to hear its case against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). PASPA is the federal law that makes sports betting illegal everywhere except Nevada. Parlay bets in Delaware and Game Square wagering in Montana are also exempt.

SCOTUS heard oral arguments in the case in December 2017. All indications are a decision will be released in June of this year.

More than a dozen states have since lined up to pass sports betting bills that would legalize the activity if SCOTUS rules in New Jersey’s favor. Momentum is certainly behind sports betting.

In fact, it looks like legal sports betting markets will open up across the US by the time the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship starts.

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March Madness next year

That means a good percentage of that $9.7 billion illegally wagered on the tournament this year will be bet above board next time.

It also means Atlantic City casinos will be an even more popular place to watch the games in 2019. Most will construct state-of-the-art sportsbooks — a place where gamblers can enjoy the games in style and make all kinds of bets. One of AC’s newest casinos, Ocean Resort Casino, has already put into motion a top-notch sportsbook ahead of its summer opening. Plus, they won’t have to be quiet about the bets any longer.

Imagine multiple flat screens, LED video walls, and dozens of betting kiosks making sure you never miss a moment of the action, or the chance to wager on it live and legally.

March Madness is usually filled with surprise upsets, last-second heroics, and all the excitement that makes basketball one of the most popular spectator sports in the country. This year’s tournament should be just as fun.

It just sounds like next’s year’s tournament, without the elephant, will be even better.

Union Blamed For Trump Taj Mahal Closure Welcomed Back To Hard Rock AC

Unite Here Local 54 has signed an agreement that could see the NJ casino union return to represent workers at Hard Rock Atlantic City in the near future.

The same union involved in a bitter labor dispute with Trump Taj Mahal management when the Atlantic City casino shut down in 2016 is being welcomed back to property by its new owners.

The local Press of Atlantic City newspaper reported this week Unite Here Local 54 and Hard Rock International have signed an agreement that could see the union come back to represent workers at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said the two sides have signed what is known as a neutrality card check agreement. Such an agreement means Hard Rock AC will recognize the union as the official bargaining agent of its employees.

But only if a majority of the employees sign a union membership card. As soon as Hard Rock recognizes the union, a first contract will be negotiated.

The former Trump Taj Mahal and Hard Rock AC’s plans

Hard Rock International bought the closed $1.2 billion Trump Taj Mahal for $50 million in April 2017. It soon began work on a $375 million renovation and rebranding. The cost of the work has since risen to $500 million, with Hard Rock planning to open the renamed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in the summer of 2018.

The property has been closed since October 2016 with then-owner Carl Icahn claiming a bitter disagreement with Unite Here Local 54 was to blame.

Icahn took over the casino in 2014 following parent company Trump Entertainment Resorts‘ third bankruptcy. When the property closed, Icahn said it had lost close to $350 million since he took over. Icahn also said he did not see a path forward without additional investments and losses in excess of $100 million.

When the Taj workers went on strike

Close to a thousand cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, and servers represented by Unite Here Local 54 had been on strike since July 2016. The two sides failed to come to an agreement on issues including wage and benefit provisions. This included health care and pension benefits originally taken away from workers in bankruptcy court.

At the time, McDevitt said Icahn “would rather burn the Trump Taj Mahal down just so he can control the ashes.”

McDevitt said labor peace and a content workforce could have been achieved for just a few million dollars. However, he claimed Icahn slammed the door on long-term workers just to punish them and break the strike.

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Friendlier feelings for Local 54 and Hard Rock AC

McDevitt is now claiming his initial dealings with the property’s new owners have been much friendlier:

“Dealing with the management of Hard Rock has been an absolute pleasure so far. They understand how the Atlantic City market works.”

Hard Rock Atlantic City President Matt Harkness echoed those sentiments:

“Assuming that Local 54 is successful in obtaining the appropriate number of cards from our employees here at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Local 54. We are confident the collaboration will help us achieve a successful entry into the Atlantic City market.”

Unite Here Local 54 is the largest private-sector union in the region with more than 10,000 members.

The Clock Is Ticking, And Hard Rock, Ocean Resort Still Need NJ Casino Licenses

Hard Rock and Ocean Resort AC casinos are planning summer openings but both have yet to get NJ casino licenses. Regulators hope to expedite the process.

The two newly revamped Atlantic City casinos planning to reopen this summer have yet to procure casino operator licenses from the state.

However, state regulators told the Press of Atlantic City newspaper this week they’re doing all they can to help Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino get through the process quickly.

In fact, David Rebuck, director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, said regulators have been working with representatives from both properties over the past couple of months to make sure they get properly licensed in time:

“The Division is working closely with both operators as they go through the regulatory process in preparation for the expected casino openings this year. This includes actively working on licensing matters as well as ensuring operational systems such as floor layouts, gaming equipment, security, surveillance and staffing meet our regulatory standards.”

What’s going on at Hard Rock Atlantic City

In April 2017, Hard Rock International bought the recently closed NJ casino $1.2 billion Trump Taj Mahal for $50 million.

The group immediately announced plans for a $375 million renovation and re-branding. The cost has since ballooned to $500 million.

The plan is to open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in the summer of 2018 with a completely redesigned hotel featuring pieces from one of the world’s greatest collections of music memorabilia and a casino with 2,400 slots and 130 table games. The property will also include first-class food and beverage concepts. Plus, two separate arenas with more than 7,000 seats designed to host live music, sporting events, conferences, and shows.

Ocean Resort Casino’s big plans

Ocean Resort Casino is the new name for the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel, which has sat closed since September 2014.

Florida developer Glenn Straub bought the property out of bankruptcy for $82 million in 2015. He initially made plans to reopen it under the name TEN. However, after years of battling with state regulators over licensing issues, Straub sold the property. A development group named AC Ocean Walk LLC bought it for $200 million in January 2018.

AC Ocean Walk LLC immediately announced the property will be re-branded as the Ocean Resort Casino. It also plans to open in the summer of 2018. Plans include reopening a 1,399-room hotel. Plus, a 138,000-square-foot casino with 100 table games, 2,200 slot machines, and a sportsbook.

The property will also include 165,000 square feet in meeting and convention space, and a 5,700-seat concert hall.

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Expediting the NJ casino licensing process

Spectrum Gaming’s vice president of legal and regulatory services Steven Ingis told the Press of Atlantic City regulators will examine all aspects of the operators’ backgrounds through its licensing investigation. This includes financial stability and education.

He also said regulators will be trying to expedite the process to help the properties open in time.

Once the division completes a report, it will forward it to the state’s Casino Control Commission. The commission makes the final ruling on licensing applications.

Commission spokesperson Daniel Heneghan told the Press of Atlantic City it is confident the process will go quickly:

“We are confident that the division can complete its investigations and submit its reports to us in a timely manner. Once it does, the commission is prepared to hold hearings and make our decisions as expeditiously as possible.”

888 Casino NJ Launches 50 New Games For Three Times The Fun, Fun, Fun

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NJ Gaming Regulators Give Green Light To Sports Betting License Applications

The NJDGE is reportedly inviting casinos, racetracks, and gambling sites to apply for NJ sports betting licenses ahead of a US Supreme Court decision.

It may never be legally allowed to issue them, but apparently the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is now inviting casinos, racetracks, and online gambling sites in the state to apply for sports betting operator licenses.

Prominent US gaming lawyer Jeff Ifrah claims to have heard New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck say as much while speaking at the ICE London international business-to-business gaming event this week.

In fact, Ifrah took to Twitter claiming Rebuck said operators who want to participate in the sports betting market should apply for a license now as the state is open to accepting license applications immediately.

PASPA, the NJDGE, and sports betting licenses

The NJDGE is a part of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. It was first established in 1977 to ensure the integrity of the casino gaming industry in the state. As such, it handles licensing, regulation, and oversight for all of the state’s casino and gaming operations, including NJ online gambling sites.

It would be the government agency responsible for issuing NJ sports betting licenses. That is, if the state were legally allowed to do so. It currently is not.

A federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) makes sports betting illegal everywhere except Nevada. Various sports lotteries in Oregon, Delaware, and Montana are also exempt from the law, having been grandfathered in.

New Jersey is currently challenging this law in the hope it will be allowed to open up a legal and regulated sports betting market inside the state.

In 2011, the state passed a bill legalizing sports betting at racetracks and casinos. However, major sports leagues in the US filed a lawsuit to stop it.

The new law was struck down in the courts, and after a series of appeals failed, New Jersey took another shot in 2014. Lawmakers passed a sports betting bill, the leagues filed suit, and the courts ruled against New Jersey again.

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NJ sports betting and the US Supreme Court

Further appeals were also denied, until the US Supreme Court agreed in June 2017 to hear the state’s case. The court heard oral arguments in December 2017. A decision will be released sometime this summer.

Most experts have New Jersey as a favorite to win the case. A victory would essentially give the state the legal right to issue the sports betting licenses it is now inviting operators to apply for. However, defeat would not exactly kill the idea.

In fact, the state’s hopes for opening up a sports betting market aren’t solely reliant on the Supreme Court.

Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) has introduced legislation to Congress that would repeal PASPA. It would also set up the framework to allow states to legalize and regulate sports betting.

Plus, Representative Dina Titus (D-NV) has asked Congress to hold a hearing on the legality of sports betting.

Who will be the first to apply for a NJ sports betting license?

MGM and its Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are likely to be one of the first Atlantic City casinos to apply for a sports betting license. It green-lit the construction of a $7 million sportsbook on the property this past November.

In the meantime, Betfair could become the first online casino to apply. It’s online gambling software platform provider GAN inked a deal with leading sports betting solutions provider SBTech last month. GAN will soon be making SBTech’s sports betting software available on its platform.