Ultimate Poker, 888, Caesars & Bwin.Party Receive Approval in NJ; No Word on PokerStars

Seven casinos and their partners have received approval to launch online gaming starting on November 21.

Seven casinos and their partners have received approval to launch online gaming starting on November 21.

The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement issued transactional waivers to seven Atlantic City casinos and their online gaming partners Friday, allowing them to engage in ‘Internet gaming activities’ when it becomes legal in the state in late November.

Caesars Interactive received waivers for both Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City, along with their partners 888 and Amaya. The Borgata and bwin.party, who are also working with Amaya, were also approved. Other partnerships that received waivers include Ultimate Poker and the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza and Betfair, Golden Nugget and Bally Gaming, and Tropicana and Gamesys.

The most notable partnership missing from the initial list is the one between PokerStars and the Resorts Hotel & Casino.

“Our application remains under review by NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement & we remain committed to working with them to complete the process,” said Eric Hollreiser, the head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars, in a Tweet Friday afternoon.

PokerStars’ agreement with Resorts is their second attempt at receiving an online gaming license in New Jersey, after a partnership with the Atlantic Club Casino fell through earlier this year. While they did not receive a transactional waiver Friday, they could be approved at any point between now and the official launch of online gaming in the state.

All of the companies that received approval Friday are now approved to provide online gaming to customers starting on November 21. In addition to the nine casinos who received waivers, eight other gaming companies passed a preliminary investigation and are approved to provide internet gaming business transactions so long as they form a partnership with a casino.

Those companies include Paddy Power North America, a division of the Irish bookmaking chain, and Pala Interactive, a company founded by the Pala Band of Mission Indians. Pala Interactive’s CEO is Jim Ryan, the former CEO of bwin.party and Escapsa Gaming, the parent company of Ultimate Bet.

Genesis Gaming, Betable New Jersey, Rush Street Interactive, Evolution New Jersey, Williams Interactive and Scientific Games International were also approved.

By: Tim Fiorvanti (1002 Posts)

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.


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