Archive for January, 2014

New Jersey Reports Online Gambling Revenue

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In the Garden State, online casino wagering has generated nearly 8.4 million dollars since its Thanksgiving Weekend debut. Of the handful of US states with regulated online gambling activity, New Jersey has the most residents living within in its borders, and this revenue result covers about 6 weeks of wagering online.

Of the specific $8.37 million raised from the online casino sites in the state, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and Caesars Entertainment Corp, were the top earners.

According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement,  Borgata came in on top, generating about $3.3 million in casino winnings during December and a total of $3.75 million year to date. In other words, the last 6 days of November (when gambling online commenced) generated about $400,000 for the casino. Caesars came in a very close 2nd, earning a little over $2 million for December and a little over $2.3 million year to date for 2013.

New Jersey became the third state to permit internet wagering on casino games for real money on November 25th after a few days of soft play. As we see the initial numbers reported, it is clear that the predicted revenue is about on track with predictions.

In the entire country, online gambling is expected to become a $7.4 billion business by the year 2017.

While these newly reported New Jersey online betting figures reflect results of only 6 weeks, an impressive 126,000 accounts were opened by players during this short period of time. About 25,000 additional accounts have been reported in the New Year so far.

At the time of legalization in New Jersey (March, 2012), Governor Chris Christie predicted some $1.2 billion in online casino revenue would be generated for fiscal 2014. This would create $180 million in tax revenue for the beleaguered casino state. Bloomberg Industries believes the number will be much higher at around $425 million in tax revenue for the state, which would amount to nearly 83% of total online gambling revenue in the US for 2014.

We are still waiting to hear the news regarding gambling revenue from Nevada’s internet activity, in which the only form of activity allowed is online poker. It is believed that revenue reports will commence once the state reaches three active casino sites online.At this time, Nevada has only two sites live taking real money wagers on poker: Station Casinos Inc.’s Ultimate Poker which launched at the end of April 2013 and Caesars’ poker site.

Delaware, which went live right before New Jersey on Halloween 2013 to try to establish clients before they went to neighboring New Jersey, is set to announce its revenue shortly. Considered a direct (location) competitor with nearby New Jersey, the small state has about 4,300 registered online casino player accounts. Around $10.3 million in total wagers have reportedly taken place, but no word on actual player results subsequently generating casino and state revenue from this number yet.

Interestingly enough, each state that has regulated online gambling has a different focus and agenda for allowing gambling online. Nevada, being the number one gambling destination in the US, has only allowed poker – and for various reasons – hasn’t launched many sites as it is not as eager to provide online casino gambling due to continued physical tourism success. New Jersey – the more desperate state with its casinos losing millions over the past years – has launched the most sites and created the largest scene. Yet, in the US, it has neighboring states like Delaware that are highly motivated by local competition to go live.

Eight New Jersey casinos are licensed to offer online betting and thirteen sites are currently live in New Jersey. Stay tuned for additional results.

More January Promo’s at Top US Casinos

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

For the month of January, there are still a few top notch online casino promotions, bonuses and events available at our highest recommended casinos from around the world. FYI, US players are always welcome at the following online casinos.

January Jumpstart at Slots.LV

There’s still time to get in on the gambling action playing the Slots.LV January Jumpstart promotion. It’s never too late to get your monthly game play on at Slots.LV by taking part in this bonus, wherein the more you play through January, the better your cash bonus is, and your chances to win. Every day you wager $50 or more counts as one day. This event is time sensitive, as the more days you play, the better the bonus given.

There’s also the Weekend Spin-O-Rama taking place at Slots.LV Casino. Simply spin the casino’s featured slot every weekend and get a shot at your share of the $500 cash pool. Easily find which slot is the upcoming weekend’s featured slot each Friday before the weekend. Spin that featured slot as many times as you care, and the top 10 players with the most spins on that machine get to start the next week off with a little extra money in their accounts. You could win the top prize of $200 or other prizes of lesser cash amounts. The featured game is listed directly within the promo’s description on the Promotions page.

If you’ve missed out on the January Jumpstart (where a beginning bonus of $10 is offered), check out the $10 you’ll get using the Facebook Freebie promotion at Slots.LV. It is really easy to do. Simply “like” Slots.LV on Facebook and get a reward of $10 if you share your profile picture and message the Slots.LV customer service department  with your casino account number for ten bucks free. This offer is ongoing and you can use it once.

Aladdin’s Gold

So far this year, we’ve seen 70% Deposit Bonuses granted at Aladdin’s Gold during this casino’s Weekly Promotions schedule. These Weekly Promotions are typically for Monday through Wednesday game play, so be certain that you are on the lookout. There are codes involved and they are easily found listed clearly within the event description in the Promotions section through the casino’s homepage.

Buzz Luck Casino

Buzz Luck Casino is hosting Daily Bonuses this month, including the Triple Code Time promotions, wherein players can choose between three different types of bonuses each day. These promos have codes along with the promo’s description in the Promotions section found directly from the homepage of the online casino. Here, you will also find a complete menu of current casino offers. Again, these codes change frequently to include in this article, yet they are readily available.

Whenever using a bonus, promo or entering an event, make sure you opt in when depositing to ensure you are given credit and/or properly included. Some online casinos have automatic enrollments to events, but not all. Even though bonus codes may not be required, you may need to opt in. Be sure to read specific rules and regulations when you opt in for any offer. Some (but not all) events come with play through and/or wagering requirements.

Pennsylvanians Want No More Casinos

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Legalized gaming in the Keystone State is where it’s at (well, at least according to voters who are happy with the way things are for now), as a new poll reveals that Pennsylvanians are at their limit when it comes to regulated casino gambling, online or not.

The poll taken from voters in Pennsylvania was completed by uinnipiac University, a private nonsectarian, co-educational university located in Hamden, Connecticut. The University’s poll states that by a margin of 55% to 37%, Pennsylvania voters think legal gambling in the state is a “good thing”…but only where it is now.

Pennsylvanian voters seemingly understand the importance of the tax revenue generated by the states existing land based casinos, but they draw the line at creating more casinos on land and are against online casinos.

The poll reveals that while Pennsylvanians are happy with the casinos they have, they are not willing to have one built in their own neighborhood. They also believe online casinos could lead to greater issues and addictions.

71% of those polled said that if people are going to gamble, it’s better to have Pennsylvania get the income from it, 70% said there should not be more casinos in Pennsylvania, and 57% don’t want a casino in the community where they reside.

By a margin of 62% to 33%, voters in the state are against any regulation of online casino activity and 70% stated that they believe any more casinos in the state – online or not – would lead to further gambling addiction.

Interestingly enough, the Pennsylvania casino industry has been growing very swiftly. 12 out of the 14 planned casinos in the physically well-positioned gaming state have been in business, opening their doors to millions of players from both Pennsylvania and beyond. These casinos provide a full selection of slots and certain table games and are said to have over $3.14 billion each year in total casino related revenue. This effectively makes Pennsylvania the 2nd largest casino market in the United States.

Now that neighboring New Jersey has created its successful launch of online casinos (and Delaware too), we will definitely keep a feel on the Keystones State’s pulse in this matter. It is certain that Pennsylvania does not want to lose its number 2 spot.

Pennsylvania casinos are open or planned at these locations: Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in New Castle, Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Pittsburg, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. There is one license left to award in Philly.

With all of these physical casino locations, one can’t help but feel that there is more to investigating the potential success online casinos may have on the state’s economic status. While the findings in this poll are not surprising – for or against further development of gambling – the market is obviously ready. The location of Pennsylvania shows the further potential for income from neighboring residents, just as it is for New Jersey.

Last Chance for Holiday Promos at Bet365 Bingo and Poker

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The time is now, right now! Hurry to Bet365 Casino today for your last chance at some serious Holiday Season related action at both Bet365 Poker and Bet365 Bingo.

Bet 365 Poker Room

Right now, you can play on the virtual Bet365 Poker tables for the chance to win amazing prizes, like a Samsung 3D TV, a PlayStation 4 and a luxury trip worth $5,000. And don’t forget about the online $50,000 Grand Prize Draw. There is still enough time to get in on the poker action where an impressive 1,000 prizes will be won by the end of the tournament. All you’ll have to do is complete your daily challenge playing at the Bet365 poker tables and give yourself the opportunity to win.

Taking part in this holiday timed event by playing all types of poker – cash games, sit and go’s, or even the Bet365 scheduled tournaments – you are in on the $50,000 Grand Prize Draw pool action wherein there are additional prizes to be given away left and right.

With time running out, you can score your daily challenge much faster, twice as fast that is, by playing on the virtual Bet 365 poker related Premium Table. And for the largest part, you have access to winning more, bigger and better prizes when you continue to play each and every day of the remaining event.

It’s easy to opt in, too. You simply log in to the bet365 Poker lobby and the Daily Challenge is right there and easy to see.

Bingo

For those of you looking for some online casino action that is a bit more low key than poker, be sure to check out the Bet365 Bingo room online.

Bet365 Bingo offers a great selection of holiday season games, including Jingle Bells Roll On and Xmas BOG2F, plus a daily game at 8PM each day (UK time zone). Timely named after the 12 Days of Christmas, they have a guaranteed £2,500 prize pot available. You can make your bingo action during the holiday season complete by playing select New Year games through the month of January, 2014.

UK players know the importance and festive fun associated with Boxing Day. The Bet365 Bingo Boxing Day Bingo Linx game with £26,000 is taking place (beginning the day after Christmas at 1030PM UK time zone).

As we’ve said, there’s still time. Just be sure to hurry and get your share of the holiday action at Bet365!