Despite the forums being abuzz with players complaining they couldn’t log in and only 50 per cent of payments being processed, New Jersey is out of soft launch and taking real money 24 hours a day. So what have we learned so far?

The phoney war is over and the real battle has begun. It was estimated that around 10,000 people signed up to play during the five-day soft launch period - a number most operators agreed with. After the second day of real money play, Caesars’ WSOP site was neck and neck with PartyPoker/Borgata with around 300 peak time poker players, according to Pokerscout.

The soft launch had shaken out Golden Nugget, which could not get its reporting in a satisfactory shape for the Department of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). Sources at the casino’s technology provider Bally claimed the problem had been fixed but DGE had not given the Golden Nugget’s sites permission to launch 24/7 at the time of writing (Monday 2nd December).

Bally and Golden Nugget are hoping to go live this week after...

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