Before the New Jersey State Legislature passed Assembly Bill (A-2578) in 2013 which legalized online gambling in the state, bettors had previously spent their hard earned cash in illegal offshore casinos to place bets on all manner of popular casino games including blackjack, slots, roulette and baccarat. While many of those foreign casinos are perfectly legal and licensed for use in their home countries only, none of them were, or indeed currently are, regulated and offer the security and safeguards of licensed and regulated New Jersey casinos. Here are the Top 6 reasons to stick to using only legal and regulated NJ online casinos; 1 New Jersey Online Casinos offer Fair Play Laws and regulations set up by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) have been specifically implemented with the aim to ensure that online casino operators are all licensed for action in the Garden State and operate in a fair and legal manner. You will always receive reasonable return to player percentage as determined by Garden State law as the fairness and accuracy of the casinos’ software is verified through the Technical Services Bureau (TSB). 2 New Jersey’s Online Casino Regulator can mediate if you have only issues If for any unlikely reason that you may have a dispute with a legal and licensed online casino in New Jersey, the NJDGE can step up on your behalf to assist in resolving the issue. If you cannot withdraw your funds, or there has been a problem with your deposit into an illegal offshore site, you may as well kiss the money goodbye. There is no higher authority present to assist you. 3 Systems are in place in legal NJ online casinos to prevent unauthorized access by underage or out of state players Anyone 21 and older and physically located inside the state of New Jersey can play on the state’s legal and regulated online gambling sites. The sites verify age and identification and use geolocation software to ensure both these stipulations are met. Needless to say, foreign sites cannot offer the same advantages. 4 If you lose in a NJ online casino, the Garden State wins Of course, all online players like to win, but as is the nature of any form of gaming, you can’t win ‘em all. If you lose in an illegal offshore casino, your money will never be seen again in New Jersey. Part of your losses in a licensed NJ online casino will find its way back into the State Government coffers to spend on better services and infrastructure in the state including day-care, Veteran’s Services, parks, gardens, roads, health services and building projects that create jobs for thousands of the Garden State’s residents. 5 NJ Online Casinos offer high Return to Player (RTP) percentages Most NJ online casinos publish the RTP for all their games (unlike offshore casinos) and some of them are incredibly high including; 99.64%:Multi-Bet Blackjack (SugarHouse) 99.58%: Blackjack (IGT) (Party Casino) 99.54%:Jacks or Better (SugarHouse) 99.54%:Classic Blackjack (888Casino) 98.64%: Craps (Party Casino) 97.96%: Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker (Party Casino) 97.80%: Bloodsuckers Online Slot (Unibet, 888Casino, SugarHouse, Party Casino). 6 Collect your winnings instantly at an Atlantic City Casino As the New Jersey gaming regulator requires each online casino to have a land-based casino partner, you can collect your winnings instantly at any of the cash cages of the partner casinos: Collect Unibet Online Casino winnings instantly at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City. Collect Party Casino winnings instantly at the Borgata Casino, Atlantic City. Collect 888Casino winnings instantly at the Caesars Casino, Atlantic City. Collect SugarHouse Casino winnings instantly at the Golden Nugget Casino, Atlantic City.