One of the main debates when it comes to online poker gaming in the United States is whether or not to allow companies who operated after the UIGEA was created should be allowed to be licensed and offer regulated poker gaming online. PokerStars is at the center of the discussion as they were in operation in the US after the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act was put in place and of course, later on faced the consequences for their actions.
Many top operators in the gaming industry are opposed to such companies as PokerStars being allowed to offer online gaming, especially Caesars Entertainment. Caesars has been strongly opposed to PokerStars and other similar companies entering the US market but now it seems the company has changed their mind. According to a tweet by Chris Krafcik of Gambling Compliance, Caesars is now okay with PokerStars gaining entry into the online poker market of the US. The tweet read: “Caesars Jan Jones Blackhurst told me the company believes Amaya Gaming Group—PokerStars ‘should be considered for legalization in the US’.”
After the tweet by Krafcik, several responses were made on social media outlets based on the change in stance by Caesars, according to PocketFives. The Poker Players Alliance stated” “Can we get some work done!? Fighting over pieces of a pie that is not even baked has hurt iPoker progress. Let’s all eat!” The PPA then celebrated Caesars for ‘putting out the welcome mat’ for PokerStars.
Because Ceasars has been a staunch supporter of bad actor clauses within legislation, which would eliminate sites such as PokerStars from participating, it is quite a big deal to see the company change their mind. With the change, PokerStars gains a big supporter which could help move along the company’s entry into New Jersey as well as other states.
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