As you are probably aware, in 2006, President Bush signed a law making online gambling a pretty difficult thing to do in the United States. More recently, though, a few states have made it possible for you to play online poker within their boundaries. The three that have done this so far are Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. By far, New Jersey has the most favorable conditions for the online gambler. They not only allow people to play online poker, but also many other types of online games, too, such as slots, craps, and blackjack.

As of right now, the law in New Jersey states that if you are in the state, you can play at online casinos. But because this is a pretty new thing, and because online casinos have been scrutinized by the Feds in the past, the casinos are being cautious about it about who they allow to use their sites. For example, even if you are within the boundaries of New Jersey, you may be rejected from playing at a site like Party Poker (www.partypoker.com) just because you are not technically a New Jersey resident or do not have a New Jersey mailing address. It’s still legal for you to play, but the sites are being careful because the situation is still new and they do not want to bring themselves legal issues if they don’t have to.

New Jersey also has a couple other huge advantages over Nevada, even though Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world. New Jersey has a bigger overall population than the desert state of Nevada, but it also has a bigger surrounding area, too. Nevada is a pretty isolated spot, and although it is close to California, New Jersey still has a bigger surrounding population because of the very close proximity of New York City. In this light, New Jersey’s online gambling scene is likely to grow at a very quick rate over the coming months and years. Additionally, New Jersey has opened up the doors to more than a dozen online casinos while Nevada only allows two poker sites to operate for their residents. Major online casinos like Ultimate Poker (ultimatepoker.com) and 888 Casino (www.888.com) all are allowed to do business in New Jersey. And while they might not be as popular at the moment as Party Poker or WSOP (www.wsop.com), they set a great example of what is to come.

There is still a ton of room for growth in this marketplace, and when other states see the amount of revenue that is brought into the state, they may be looking to these three states as examples of how to properly administer their online protocol in the future. It’s exciting that many states are using their governments to make sure that online poker and online gambling sites are kept fair and honest, but the unfortunate thing is that it may still be a slow process for legalization within other states. New Jersey will likely be viewed as a test of how the federal government is going to act, and if the conditions are seen as being favorable, it is very likely that other states will follow suit. But this might take several years to happen. In the meantime, it will be interesting to watch and keep tabs on.