Is Full Tilt Preparing for Entry Into New Jersey?

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Updated with quote from Eric Hollreiser, Rational Group Head of Communications.

Full Tilt and PokerStars have been a topic of discussion for some time in connection with the state of New Jersey. After the sites were acquired by Amaya Gaming, the application for licensing within New Jersey was up for review once again and players have now been patiently waiting to see when the two sites would go live within the state. The State Senator of New Jersey, Ray Lesniak announced not too long ago that PokerStars would be ready around March and now a mistake may have given players even more positive news that the two gaming giants will be available in the not so distant future.

According to a report at Pokerfuse, players in the state of New Jersey logged online via an iOS device to download the Full Tilt Poker gaming software. Those who tried were shown a message that stated a version of the software is now available for real money gaming and is licensed to operate by the New Jersey DGE.

The message hit social media and stated that Full Tilt was pleased to announce that a new version of the gaming software is fully licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement with real money gaming capabilities on a fully regulated platform. The message went on to state that players needed to download the software and log in to take part.

In response to the news of the Full Tilt message, the Rational Group Head of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser, stated that the message was an error and that the company is investigating the matter. On Twitter Hollreiser stated: “We’re looking into the errant message re NJ license. It is an error and we are investigating.”

Despite the fact that the message may be an error, it still gives player within the state hope that Full Tilt Poker as well as PokerStars are not far from being approved and offering online game play.

After being contacted by the Rational Group, we have learned more about the errant message via a statement from Eric Hollreiser of the Rational Group which read:

The following statement is from Eric Hollreiser, head of corporate communications, regarding yesterday’s reports regarding a bug on Full Tilt software:

Full Tilt has identified and corrected the cause of an inadvertent message in its play money iOS app which incorrectly stated that Full Tilt was licensed and would soon be launching in New Jersey.

We have been developing a real-money mobile poker app that has been submitted to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement as part of the review process of our application to offer real money gaming under a NJ DGE license.

Unfortunately, a bug in an update to the Full Tilt play-money poker app inadvertently included a pop-up window alerting players in New Jersey that a licensed real money offering is available. As a result of the bug, a very small number of people were exposed to this pop-up before we resolved the issue.

This was only a message alert – at no time was a real-money app available. No-one had the ability to play real-money games, nor register for the ability to play real money games on Full Tilt.

The bug was identified and fixed within hours of being alerted to the issue.

To be clear, we continue to be in dialogue with State officials but have not been granted permission to participate in real money gaming in New Jersey at this time.

We apologize to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement and to any players who were inconvenienced by this mistake.









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