New Jersey online poker operators see spike with players staying at home Jeff Walsh, NJ Online Gambling · March 27, 2020 at 5:14 am It’s a tough time for the legalized sports betting industry of New Jersey, there’s no doubt about it. With all of the world’s major sports leagues on pause, March earnings for retail and mobile sportsbooks are sure to suffer as sports bettors are left looking for ways to stay in action. But for poker players, specifically online poker players, the exact opposite is true. The COVID-19 global pandemic is keeping people indoors, especially in the Tri-State area where a “shelter in place” mandate has people staying in their homes for the foreseeable future. This has led to an explosion of action in the online poker scene as players in New Jersey, and around the world, are logging back into their online poker clients and trying to take their mind off the current situation by playing some cards.