Around 15 percent of the poker players who have registered at PartyPoker.com in New Jersey are not residents of New Jersey. They are professional poker players who regularly travel all the way to New Jersey just to play online poker.
According to state’s gaming laws, online gambling sites licensed in the state can accept only those located within its borders. Players need not necessarily be residents of New Jersey in order to play real money poker. The fact that several professional poker players are travelling all the way to New Jersey just to play poker indicates prosperity for the state’s young online gaming industry, which is generating around $2 million every month in tax revenue.
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Once in New Jersey, professional poker players can play online poker legally for several hours. Currently, New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware are the only three US states that have legalized online poker. Last spring, Nevada became the first US state to offer legal online poker.
Whenever professional poker players travel all the way to New Jersey and book hotel rooms, New Jersey benefits in a big way. Some of these poker players admit to have spent large amounts of cash in New Jersey just to celebrate a big win. Around 4.4 percent of those registered at Party Poker NJ are residents of New York while 2.7 percent are residents of Pennsylvania. Other players come from other US states such as Florida, California, Connecticut, and Texas.
Another group of registered players at New Jersey’s online poker rooms comprise those who had left New Jersey for other countries just to play online poker legally. One of them is Jamie Jerstetter of Monroe Township, who says that five percent of this group comprises women who returned to New Jersey after living in Mexico for two years.
Caesars, which owns four of Atlantic City’s land-based casinos, says that they too have observed several non New Jersey players on their premises. Seth Palansky, spokesperson for Caesars, said: “Folks are going through the effort to sign up for this activity, either while visiting the Garden State or when they know they have future plans to be in the state and thus want to give themselves the option.”
Speaking about need to attract out-of-state players, he said, “To get them to sign up for our Total Rewards program and start gaining loyalty points will pay off for both our land-based and online businesses over the long term.”