Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, the No. 1 Atlantic City casino in in gaming revenue and the site of the city’s most successful live poker room, has just set itself apart again by receiving the first online gaming license in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement confirmed the announcement made by Borgata of the license, saying the casino was the first to complete the application.
Borgata now must wait to use the license until November 21, when it can start a five-day “soft opening,” or test of its online system. Live real-money online gambling can begin November 26.
Borgata has partnered with online provider bwin.party to run both bwin’s PartyPoker brand and the new brand Borgata.com. While poker has been the main driver of internet play in the U.S., New Jersey will permit all online casino games including slots, roulette and blackjack.
A supplier license for bwin.party is still to be granted. The DGE has cited “transactional waivers” as temporary licenses that will allow suppliers to operate the online casinos of the Atlantic City properties prior to their full licensure.
Borgata officials have said they expect all casino games—especially slots—to be as popular as poker.