PokerStars Overlooked in New Jersey

PokerStars Overlooked in New Jersey

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Many of the poker world's largest operators might be gearing up for their much anticipated launch into New Jersey's virtual market space, but there will be one site notable by its absence. Despite having forged a relationship with Resorts Casino Hotel, PokerStars won't be able to launch a version of their software in the US this month.

Although the poker site was among a handful in the race for a licence, PokerStars has been overlooked in the first ballot in favour of companies such as 888, Caesars and Trump (in partnership with Ultimate Poker). Eric Hollreiser, head of corporate communication at PokerStars, confirmed the news via Twitter.

It's believed that much of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement's reluctance to license PokerStars/ Resorts is the involvement of Isai Scheinberg. The founder of PokerStars and former CEO is currently facing a federal indictment in the US and this is causing concern for state regulators.

What all this means is that when the first batch of online poker sites go live in New Jersey next Tuesday they will have at least a few weeks to get a jump on the biggest poker site in the world.

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