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Major events in New Jersey gaming history

1853

The Monmouth County Agriculture Society begins racing in Freehold

1870

The original Monmouth Park opens

1894

The legislature bans wagering on horse races and the tracks close

1936

The new Freehold Trotting Association opens in the modern era

1941

Freehold is the first track in the state to offer pari-mutuel wagering

1942

Garden State Park opens

1946

Monmouth Park opens with a new facility in June
Atlantic City Race Course opens

1969

Voters approve a state lottery

1970

The Lottery begins ticket sales in December

1975

In May, the Lottery introduces Pick-It, the country’s first computerized numbers game
The Lottery begins selling instant tickets in June

1976

The Meadowlands opens
Voters approve a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos in Atlantic City

1977

Garden State Park is destroyed by fire
The Casino Control Act is signed into law in June

1978

Resorts International is the first casino to open on May 26

1979

Caesars opens in June
Bally’s Park Place opens in December

1980

The Sands, Harrah’s and Golden Nugget open in August, November and December, respectively
The Lottery introduces its first Pick 6 lotto game

1981

The Playboy Casino, Claridge and Tropicana open in April, July and November, respectively

1983

The racetracks begin inter-track wagering

1984

The Playboy is renamed the Atlantis under new ownership
Trump Plaza opens in May

1985

A new $178 million Garden State Park opens in April
Trump Castle opens in June
The state Supreme Court rules that inter-track wagering is unconstitutional; voters approve an amendment in November and ITW resumes in December

1987

Showboat opens in April
Golden Nugget is sold and reopens as Bally’s Grand

1989

The Atlantis closes in May

1990

Trump Taj Mahal opens in April

1992

In September, the Lottery introduces Jersey Cash 5
The casinos begin simulcasting horse races

1996

Trump World’s Fair Casino opens in the former Atlantis property
Bally’s Grand is sold and reopens as the Atlantic City Hilton

1997

Bally’s Park Place opens the city’s first themed casino, the Wild Wild West
Trump Castle is renamed Trump Marina

1999

New Jersey joins the Big Game multi-state lottery
Trump World’s Fair Casino closes in October

2001

Last year of racing at Garden State Park
Off-track wagering is legalized

2002

Mega Millions replaces the Big Game

2003

The Claridge merges with Bally’s Atlantic City effective January 1
The Borgata opens in July, the first new resort to open since 1990

2004

The Lottery introduces Cyber Slingo, its first instant game with an Internet play component

2006

The Sands Hotel and Casino closes its doors in November

2007

The first racetrack-owned OTB facility opens in March

2010

Powerball tickets go on sale January 31

2011

Legislation authorizing smaller “boutique” casinos in Atlantic City takes effect in January
Trump Marina is sold and is renamed Golden Nugget
The Atlantic City Hilton is renamed ACH Casino Resort

2012

In March, ACH Casino Resort is renamed Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
Revel opens in April, the first new resort to open since 2003

2013

Online casino gaming is legalized in February
Online casino gaming begins in November

2014

The Atlantic Club Casino closes its doors on January 13
The Lottery launches Cash4Life in June, a multi-state game together with New York
Showboat closes on August 31
Revel closes September 2
Trump Plaza closes September 16
In October, legislation is signed into law allowing sports betting at the state's casinos and racetracks
The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

2016

Trump Taj Mahal closes its doors on October 10


Online gaming

Legislation authorizing Atlantic City's casinos to offer online casino gaming was signed in February 2013. The casinos began a limited test on November 21, 2013, and a full rollout began November 26.

 

Casinos and casino-style gaming

Voters approved casinos in 1976 and the Casino Control Act became law in 1977. The first casino, Resorts, opened in May 1978. Seven casino resorts are currently open; 2011 legislation authorizes the development of smaller boutique casinos. The newest casino, the $2.4 billion Revel, opened April 2, 2012, and after lackluster performance, closed September 2, 2014.

Locations:
Bally’s Atlantic City – 1,841 slots, 129 tables, 42 poker tables
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa – 3,026 slots, 186 tables, 128 poker tables
Caesars Atlantic City – 1,854 slots, 138 tables
Golden Nugget – 1,445 slots, 84 tables, 10 poker tables
Harrah’s Resort – 2,192 slots, 135 tables, 40 poker tables
Resorts Casino Hotel – 1,555 slots, 74 tables
Tropicana Casino and Resort – 2,275 slots, 114 tables, 22 poker tables

Division of Gaming Enforcement
140 East Front Street
P.O. Box 047
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone (609) 984-0909
 

Lottery

The New Jersey Lottery began operations on December 16, 1970, with a weekly draw. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 6 Lotto, Cash4Life, 5 Card Cash, Jersey Cash 5, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Fast Play (instant play style games generated through the lottery’s terminal system). The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Lottery proceeds benefit educational programs and state-sponsored institutions, including psychiatric hospitals and homes for the developmentally disabled, veterans homes, community colleges, independent colleges and universities, school construction and renovation projects, the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, non-public schools and higher education scholarship and grant programs.

New Jersey Lottery
P.O. Box 041
Trenton, NJ 08625-0041
Phone (609) 599-5800
 

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently four racetracks in New Jersey. Off-track wagering at track-owned facilities was legalized in 2001 but the first OTB location didn’t open until 2007. There are six OTB facilities operating – in Bayonne, Gloucester, Toms River, Vineland and Woodbridge. The Atlantic City casinos have been simulcasting horse racing since 1992.

Atlantic City Race Course
4501 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, New Jersey 08830

Freehold Raceway
130 Park Avenue
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Meadowlands Racetrack
50 State Route 120
East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073

Monmouth Park
175 Oceanport Avenue
Oceanport, New Jersey 07757


New Jersey Racing Commission
140 East Front Street,  4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone (609) 292-0613
 

Charitable gaming

Games of chance, such as bingo and raffles, are available to charitable, educational, religious, patriotic and public-spirited organizations, along with senior citizen associations and clubs. Under the raffle law, casino nights with Texas Hold’em tournaments are also allowed but must be played for merchandise or raffle ticket prizes; no cash may be awarded.

Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
P.O. Box 46000
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone (973) 273-8000

 

Last updated on October 16, 2016