Resorts owner Bailey claims PokerStars is nearing New Jersey launch

Resorts owner Bailey claims PokerStars is nearing New Jersey launch

Friday, April 17, 2015 Totally Gaming

Resorts Atlantic City owner Morris Bailey owner has claimed that PokerStars is close to securing approval to launch its online gaming services in the US state.

Amaya Gaming, which last year acquired PokerStars’ management company Rational Group, has already struck a deal to become the online presence for the land-based Resorts operation.

Despite PokerStars having not yet gained approval in the state, Resorts has stood by the operator and is expected to commence joint online gaming operations as soon as the Amaya-owned brand completes the licensing process.

According to Reuben Kramer of The Press of Atlantic City newspaper, a launch may not be too far away after he posted a message on social media yesterday that quoted Resorts boss Bailey as saying that New Jersey regulators are close to completing Pokerstars’ approval process.

“Resorts owner Morris Bailey says regulators are close to finishing PokerStars approval process, says he expects to be pleased with outcome,” Kramer tweeted.

Amaya chief executive officer David Baazov earlier this month stated his belief that PokerStars would be live and operational in New Jersey by autumn of this year, ending a lengthy approval process.

A further tweet by Kramer revealed Bailey’s plans for Resorts to construct a live PokerStars-branded poker room when the operator gains approval from state regulators.

“Bailey says Resorts will build big PokerStars poker room if PokerStars approved,” Kramer tweeted.

Despite Kramer’s tweets having generated significant interest amongst those in the state’s online gaming market, neither Amaya nor the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement have commented on the approval process. 

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