The Poker Players Alliance (theppa.org) recently conducted a survey with New Jersey residents to gauge their reactions to PokerStars’ planned purchase of the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City. 4Flush.com recently posted an article on the poker giant’s acquisition plans, which would bring PokerStars back to the USA for the first time since they were forced to stop accepting Americans after “Black Friday” in April 2011.
According to the survey of 998 PPA members, 63% gave PokerStars a “5” rating, the highest ranking out of a potential score of 5. 22% ranked the site a “4” and only 3% gave the site a “1” or “2” rating. Furthermore, 5% of those surveyed had never used the online poker site back when it was the #1 USA-friendly room shortly before their involvement in Black Friday. Full results can be found through Pocket 5’s or by clicking this link here.
Out of those surveyed, 96% stated they believed that PokerStars should have the right to purchase the Atlantic Club. 94% of those surveyed also stated they would visit a casino that was owned by the Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars. 95% of those surveyed stated they do not agree with the opinion that PokerStars should be licensed in New Jersey based on the ‘bad actor’ clause argument that the AGA is attempting to use to block any acquisition efforts. 94% also stated they do not support the stance of the AGA.
This survey is very interesting. It clearly shows that the public, at least in New Jersey, is open to not just PokerStars, but online poker in general. Most people would like to have the option to play the game if they so choose. Hopefully, the survey will help get the AGA off of PokerStars back and the purchase of The Atlantic Club can go off without a hitch.
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