Over the past few weeks, the discussion of PokerStars in the state of New Jersey have ramped. It seems like forever ago that PokerStars first submitted an application to obtain licensing to offer online poker gaming in the state. When Amaya Gaming took over as the parent company of PokerStars, it seemed as though the brand had a chance. In previous months and weeks, it was announced that PokerStars would be operating in the state by the end of the third quarter of 2015. This time frame has almost come and gone, with PokerStars still not operational in the state.
In an interview with Global Gaming Business, as covered by PokerUpdate, David Rebuck, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, stated that there is much to consider when it comes to approving licensing for PokerStars. Based on information provided by Rebuck, 80 different people were interviewed about the acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya and went through a ‘thorough, comprehensive review’ to determine the suitability of the company.
The officials of the DGE reportedly traveled to several different countries during the investigation. Rebuck stated that the DGE is going to be very professional as to how the outcome will be published to the world, since whatever decision is made will be scrutinized world-wide, with some being in favor and some hating the outcome.
It is interesting to note how much time it has taken for PokerStars to be considered for licensing in the state. What exactly is being considered? Did Chris Christie, the Governor of the state, have a hand in the delay? Is the investigation just taking time to complete? If PokerStars does gain approval, it will be a game changer in the online poker industry of the United States.
PokerStars is considered one of the top providers of online poker gaming and a well-recognized brand. Players already recognize the brand and would be drawn to tournaments and cash gaming. PokerStars not only is trying to become operational in New Jersey but also is working to operate in other states. In California, the brand has partnered with two tribes and card rooms to be ready if/when online poker legislation is passed in the state.
For now, we wait. Like we have been for some time now. Will 2015 end with PokerStars going live in New Jersey? Or will another year come and go, with PokerStars left out of the United States online poker industry?
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