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Atlantic City became the second place in the United States to have legalized casinos behind Nevada. It all started when New Jersey voters passed a constitutional amendment to allow casinos within the city limits of Atlantic City. Resorts opened on May 28, 1978. There are currently 11 casinos in Atlantic City. It peaked at 12. That was before Atlantic Club shuttered in January 2014.

Revel is the newest casino. It opened in April 2012. It was the first new casino in Atlantic City in nine years. It failed to meet expectations and filed for bankruptcy protection in its first year. It is currently for sale as it hopes to avoid a second bankruptcy filing in as many years.
Atlantic City offers six poker rooms. The largest is Borgata, which also happens to be the highest volume casino in Atlantic City. Trump Taj Mahal and the poker room at Bally’s are also popular poker venues.

Online gambling launched in New Jersey on November 21, 2013. It was signed into law by Governor Christie in February 2013. It became the third state to legalize online gambling after Nevada and Delaware.

There are four online poker networks and seven online casinos in New Jersey. Borgata and Party Poker partnered to create the largest poker network. WSOP is the second largest, while 888 is third. Betfair is the smallest online poker site in New Jersey. It spreads virtually no games.

Ultimate Poker was once the fourth largest poker site in New Jersey.  It was forced to leave the market after Trump Taj Mahal, the Ultimate Gaming partner, filed for bankruptcy protection.

New Jersey online casinos include Borgata, Harrah’s, Caesars, 888, Betfair and Virgin.  Resorts has yet to launch an online gaming site.  It has partnered with PokerStars, however, PokerStars has yet to obtain proper licensing in New Jersey.

Atlantic City has struggled since 2007 due to competition from neighboring states. In 2012, it fell to third place in terms of casino gaming revenue after losing number two to Pennsylvania.  It still holds third place today.

Every state that borders New Jersey offers casino-style gambling. The largest slot casino in the world is located just across the border in New York City. Delaware offers three racinos and sports betting on NFL parlay cards. Maryland recently launched casinos. Its Maryland Live! is one of the busiest poker rooms in the country.

New Jersey politicians have threatened to spread casinos in other parts of the state if Atlantic City is unable to stop its free fall. One solution was thought to be sports betting. The New Jersey Legislature approved sports betting in 2012. The major sports leagues challenged this in court and prevailed. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.