PokerStars launches in US after five-year absence

PokerStars launches in US after five-year absence

Monday, March 21, 2016 Totally Gaming

PokerStars has returned to US online gaming almost five years after it was forced out of the country.

The operator, owned by Amaya, has launched in New Jersey after receiving technical approval from the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE).

Amaya described the announcement as “a significant milestone for the company and the industry,” with the arrival of the world’s biggest poker site expected to transform New Jersey’s legal market.

PokerStars quit the US on April 15, 2011 – commonly known as Black Friday - after senior executives were indicted by the US Department of Justice on charges of illegal gambling, money laundering and bank fraud. Due to the state's 'bad actor' clause, PokerStars will not be able to apply for a Nevada licence until February 21, 2018.

“We could not be more proud to bring PokerStars to New Jersey,” said David Baazov, chairman and chief executive of Amaya.

“Working with our partner, Resorts Casino Hotel, we look forward to providing the most exciting, innovative and secure gaming experience to New Jersey.”

PokerStars said its New Jersey players will be able to take part in the brand’s “most popular games, formats and products,” including Spin & Go and a selection of casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and Slots. Available on mobile, desktop and tablet, PokerStars said its New Jersey offering “will bring familiar, authentic, competitive and convenient experiences to state residents and visitors”.

Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts Casino Hotel, added:  “This is a great day for online gaming, for state players and residents and for Atlantic City. Resorts has worked diligently to build a home for globally renowned brands in New Jersey and, with the addition of PokerStars, is proud to introduce yet another respected partner.”

New Jersey saw record online gaming figures in February with $14.7m (€13.2m) taken, which was a rise of 41.8 per cent year on year.

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