New Jersey Grants First Licenses

888 Poker, Bwin/Party Poker, Amaya, Ultimate Poker, BetFair, Bally Gaming and Gamesys have been approved to begin offering poker and casino games in New Jersey later this month.

The casinos partners approved include Caesars and Bally’s, the Borgata, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Golden Nugget and the Tropicana.

Most notable is the absence of PokerStars and their partner Resorts International.

PokerStars had announced their partnership with Resorts International after their deal to buy an Atlantic City casino fell apart. PokerStars deal with Resorts included opening a $10 million poker room at the casino, similar to the PokerStars Live poker rooms in Macau and in London’s Hippodrome casino. Resorts International has not had a poker room in several years.

PokerStars also said they planned to locate their operations center for North American gaming in New Jersey.

PokerStars plans to offer poker on the main site, and offer poker and other casino games on the Full Tilt site.

“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.

Real money online poker and gaming is set to launch on November 21 in New Jersey. The state will become the third state to allow real money online game. Nevada launched earlier this year, and Delaware’s games have just gone live after a seven day test period that started on Halloween.

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