Historic gambling surge in NJ amid landscape shift

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Historic gambling surge in NJ amid landscape shift

In January, New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks collectively amassed a record-breaking $1.71 billion in sports betting activities.

The onset of 2024 witnessed an extraordinary surge in New Jersey’s gambling sector, with January marking a flurry of unprecedented achievements. While the state soared to new revenue heights, traditional brick-and-mortar casino earnings faced a noticeable downturn.

According to data unveiled by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, January exhibited remarkable spikes in crucial indicators. Internet gambling revenue surged to an all-time high of $183 million, marking a nearly 20% surge from the previous year, as reported by the Associated Press. Additionally, sports betting experienced a monumental upswing, with earnings nearing $171 million, reflecting an astounding increase of over 136%.

While these figures merit celebration, they also spotlight a shifting landscape within the gambling domain. James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, emphasized the enduring influence of online gaming and sports wagering, stressing their pivotal role in providing operators with a competitive edge, particularly during traditionally sluggish periods like Atlantic City’s off-season.

The meteoric ascent of online platforms can be partly attributed to external factors such as severe winter conditions, which likely diverted in-person activity towards digital avenues.

Jane Bokunewicz, director of the Lloyd Levenson Institute at Stockton University, acknowledged this pattern, suggesting that the surge in internet gaming and online sports betting totals could stem from adverse weather circumstances.