Introduction to New Jersey Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
New Jersey slot machine casino gambling consists of 9 casinos in Atlantic City. No other offline locations in New Jersey allow slot machines, including at 3
The State of New Jersey gaming regulations has legally set a minimum payout return limit for slots machines in Atlantic City. No maximum payout return has been set.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in New Jersey*
The minimum legal gambling age in New Jersey depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
Historically, New Jersey’s Atlantic City established legalized gaming on the eastern side of the United States from Nevada. New Jersey voters legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City in 1976. The New Jersey Casino Control Act became state law in 1977. The first casino in New Jersey, the Resorts International Casino, opened in Atlantic City in 1978.
During their peak in 2006, when they were the only commercial casinos in the eastern U.S., Atlantic City casinos were an economic boon. Subsequent openings of many casinos and racinos throughout the eastern states, along with the Great Recession, has hugely reduced the profitability of Atlantic City casinos. As indicated by the reopening of two casinos in mid-2018, there has been a recent upturn in profitability.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in New Jersey
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in New Jersey if manufactured before 1941.
Gaming Control Board in New Jersey
The State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission regulates online and Atlantic City casino gambling. This regulation is shared with the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. The Commission is an independent agency while the Division is an arm of the New Jersey’s Attorney General’s Office.
A particular flavor of state gaming regulations for New Jersey is publicly available from the Casino Control Commission. However, those are mostly for establishing a safe and robust gaming industry within the state such as the licensing of casino operators.
Of more interest to slot machine enthusiasts are the gaming regulations from the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
For example, the Division of Gaming Enforcement announces Atlantic City jackpots of $50,000 or more won each year in Atlantic City, including such information as:
- Jackpot amount
- Slot machine
- Game Theme
Further, the Division makes publicly available gaming financial and statistical information including monthly and quarterly gross revenue reports. The monthly gross revenue reports will be most useful with regards to payout return statistics.
Casinos in New Jersey
There are nine commercial non-tribal casinos and no tribal casinos in New Jersey.
The largest casino in New Jersey is Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, having 2,500 gaming machines and 76 table games.
List of Casinos in New Jersey
New Jersey now has nine casinos in Atlantic City, including:
- Bally’s Atlantic City
- Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
- Caesars Atlantic City
- Golden Nugget Atlantic City
- Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City
- Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
- Ocean Resort Casino
- Resorts Casino Hotel
- Tropicana Casino & Resort
The Wild Wild West Casino is officially a portion of Bally’s Atlantic City, often considered by the public to be a separate casino.
List of Tribal Casinos in New Jersey
Three tribes have received recognition from the State of New Jersey. However, none are federally-recognized tribes, a requirement for tribal gaming under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Therefore, there are no tribal casinos within the state.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying New Jersey slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
New Jersey is bordered by:
- North: New York Slots
- East and South: Atlantic Ocean
- South and West: Delaware Bay
- West: Pennsylvania Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to New Jersey.
Another gambling alternative is online gaming, which is available if you are physically located within the state of New Jersey. These two companies are:
- Caesars Interactive Entertainment New Jersey, LLC
- Resorts Digital Gaming, LLC
The State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement provides online an official list of Internet Gaming Sites. As this state government website clearly says, if an online gaming site is not on this list, it is not approved to offer internet gaming in the State of New Jersey.
Payout Returns in New Jersey
Regarding theoretical payout returns in New Jersey, state gaming regulations require all slot machines have a minimum payout return of at least 83%.
There have been some changes on the State of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement website with regards to payout return statistics. For 2013-2017, the annual casino win percentage details are in their Historical Statistics page. These reports are yearly statistics.
More recently, the Division of Gaming Enforcement has begun providing Monthly Gross Gaming Revenues with casino win statistics. These monthly statistics are quite a bit more useful for us than annual results.
Like Nevada’s payout return statistics, New Jersey also provides a Win% which is the amount won by the casino rather than the amount earned by the player. To determine the amount earned by the player, take the Win% provided in these reports and subtract it from 100%.
For January 2019, the latest monthly gross gaming revenue report available at the time of this writing, the overall payout return statistics for all slot machines at each of the nine casinos in Atlantic City are:
- Bally’s Atlantic City: 91.1%
- Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa: 92.0%
- Caesars Atlantic City: 91.4%
- Golden Nugget Atlantic City: 90.8%
- Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City: 91.2%
- Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City: 92.2%
- Ocean Resort Casino: 91.3%
- Resorts Casino Hotel: 91.0%
- Tropicana Casino & Resort: 90.7%
For January 2019, the highest payout return for players goes to Harrah’s at 92.2% closely followed by the Borgata at 92.0%. The lowest payout return went to Tropicana at 90.7% also closely followed by the Golden Nugget at 90.8%.
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Summary of New Jersey Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
New Jersey slot machine casino gambling consists of 9 casinos in Atlantic City as well as internet gaming choices if physically located within the borders of New Jersey.
New Jersey’s theoretical payout return legal limit for slot machines is 83%. No maximum limit was set. Actual payout return statistics became publicly available monthly in 2018. However, these slot machine statistics are by casino only rather than, as done by some states such as Nevada, further broken down by slot machine denomination.
Annual Progress in New Jersey Slot Machine Casino Gambling
On the same day in the last year on June 28, 2018, two casinos reopened in Atlantic City: Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City (formerly Trump Taj Mahal which closed in October 2016) and Ocean Resort Casino (formerly Revel which closed in September 2014).
2018 Archive: New Jersey Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018 – New Jersey slot machine casino gambling currently consists of 7 casinos located in Atlantic City, with another casino opening in late May 2018. New Jersey’s gambling laws are the most permissive in the U.S. New Jersey state gaming regulations require that all slot machines have a minimum payout return of at least 83%.
Other State-By-State Articles from Professor Slots
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