Land based gambling in the state of New Jersey is centered in and around Atlantic City. It’s not all land based gaming in the Garden State however as online gambling is now legal to residents of the state and all casinos in Atlantic City have licenses to provide online casino games and poker too. New Jersey has a long history as far as gambling is concerned, it’s been legalized, made illegal and back again, and rules have continuously changed over the years, with some forms of gambling being made legal, whilst others outlawed. The first proper casino in Atlantic City opened its doors in 1978 and the Resorts Atlantic City paved the way for what we have there today.
There are a total of 12 casinos in Atlantic City at the moment, 13 if you count Wild Wild West separately, but it’s actually part of Bally’s Casino. They all offer a different theme with Caesar’s of course providing a Roman theme, the Borgata depicts Tuscany and the Tropicana has a great old style Havana theme. You will find all manner of casino games on offer including all classic table games and a huge choice of slots, however Atlantic City casinos do also offer plenty of nightlife, great eateries and of course shows.
The casinos of Atlantic City provide an extremely valuable revenue source for the state, and of course provide plenty of jobs. In 2011 over 33,000 people worked in New Jersey casinos, those establishments attracted over 28.5 million visitors and $278 million in taxes was collected by the state. All casinos are regulated by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, who also oversee all online gambling matters too. New Jersey is also home to a number of racetracks, 4 in total and also a small number of off track betting halls. As you can see, gambling is a major industry in the Garden State, and one that appears to be heading in the right direction, however only time will tell what impact online gambling has on the land based casinos, if indeed any at all.