Las Vegas remains the undisputed Mecca of worldwide gambling. It is the one place where revelers can enjoy pulse-pounding action, 24/7. Much the same is true for the USA's East Coast gem – Atlantic City. There is no mistaking the adrenaline-loaded entertainment on offer; the mega casinos are stunning beyond compare and players are buzzing with eager anticipation. However, that electric atmosphere has heretofore been limited to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Fortunately, that all changed in 2013 when a brand-new gaming variant was legally introduced into US cyberspace. The dawning of a new era has begun, and online casinos are now stamping their authority in an untapped niche market with massive growth potential.
#1 Online Gaming is Rich with Possibilities
It may come as somewhat of a surprise to everyone outside the US that online gaming comprises but a small fraction of the US market. To date, only 3 states in the union allow some form of regulated online casino gaming (excluding lotteries). These include New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. That's just 6% of the 50 states in the USA. You may be assuming that there is either plenty of growth potential, or that online gambling activity is limited to a select few areas. For gaming fans, the reintroduction of online casino games heralds the dawning of a new time. Now, it's possible to enjoy some of the slickest, most exciting online casino games on the planet. Leading from the front is the New Jersey-based online gaming giant, Caesars Online Casino.
#2 The Race to Regulate Online Gaming
There are 3 regulated gaming markets in the USA. These include New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. Within each of these markets, state legislators approved a broad framework as it pertains to the operation of online casinos and online poker rooms. In New Jersey, Caesars Casino.com was greenlighted by Governor Chris Christie in November 2013. This online casino has partnered with Caesars Atlantic City as the official online gaming site of that casino.
At state level, the motivation behind this groundbreaking move was to ensure New Jersey's competitiveness with Nevada in terms of online gaming. Of course, tax dollars generated from online casinos in New Jersey are valuable, since 4 of the 12 operational land-based casinos in Atlantic City have shuttered. Land-based gambling revenues have plummeted from pre-recessionary highs of $5 billion per annum (2006/2007) to approximately $2.5 billion per annum. NJ gambling online may have gotten off to a slow start, but industry pundits are confident that revenues will quickly increase.
#3 Strict Security Protocols in Place
The US is leading the way when it comes to the security of online gaming. For example, CaesarsCasino.com is licensed and regulated by the Department of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in New Jersey. However, that does not mean that players outside of New Jersey can play real money casino games at this casino. In fact, only players who are at least 21 years of age and physically present in the state of New Jersey are legally allowed to play at Caesars Online Casino. This has all been made possible by high-tech geolocation tracking software that pinpoints the player’s precise location.
When online casinos in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada first rolled out, there were myriad problems with the geolocation technology – that's not the case anymore. To verify age and identity, players are required to submit a form of ID (passport/driver’s license/ID card) as well as a social security number, or taxpayer number. Various compacts are now being discussed to allow for interstate gaming, such as the one that now exists between Delaware and Nevada (Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement – 25th February 2014). These allow for a sharing of players between states. In the US, all online gaming activity sanctioned by state legislators is strictly monitored and audited.
#4 Top NJ Operators Generating Increasing Revenues Month After Month
Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced its September 2014 monthly Internet gross revenue figures, with peer-to-peer games generating $914,549, and other authorised games generating $1,749,419. That sums to $2,663,960 for the month. For the year to date, peer-to-peer win is $10,549,347, with total Internet gaming win for the year standing at $26,612,724. With adjustments taken into account, Caesars Interactive Entertainment has a year-to-date Internet gaming gross revenue figure of $26,655,186. For the state of New Jersey this translates into a 15% tax on Internet gross gaming revenue figure of $3,998,278. And this is just one of many online casino companies operating in the Garden State. The others include the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa; Golden Nugget Atlantic City; Tropicana Casino and Resort; The Trump Plaza Associates, and the Trump Taj Mahal Associates. The total gross Internet gaming revenue of all these online casinos (January - September) amounts to $94 million at a 15% tax rate. By the end of December a figure of $120 million is not out of the question.
#5 Better Games & Bigger Promos are Available to NJ Players
There is no doubt that the technology at US online casinos is second to none. But the true litmus test rests with the available games. At CaesarsCasino.com, players are treated to a lavish selection of superior online casino games including the following categories: slots, blackjack, video poker, roulette, progressive jackpots, and table games. The most impressive feature of all these games is that they’re available for free. Players can power up their PCs, smartphones or tablets and play online casino games directly off their browser. No software download is required and there is full compatibility across Mac OSX, Windows and other devices.
Currently, the most popular casino games include Sushi Express, Crazy 4 Poker, European Roulette, European Blackjack, Vegas Blackjack, Hot Shot, Big Vegas, King Kong, Cleopatra and Star Trek. New games are regularly being added into the mix, to keeps things exciting. Players of all skill levels will find something to enjoy, with video poker, blackjack and European Roulette offering the lowest house edge. Progressive jackpot games offer the biggest paydays, with players standing to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. As a further enticement to players, NJ online gaming operator – CaesarsCasino.com - is offering $10 FREE with No Deposit Required. Once you make a deposit, the casino will match it dollar for dollar up to $300.