The entire world has been focused on the soft launch of online gambling in New Jersey over the past five days, and several key players in the worldwide online poker market took part.
But one site that was hoping to be included is still on the outside looking in, as PokerStars was not able to get approval from New Jersey Regulators to take part in the soft launch. But, they are still working day and night on securing a NJ license.
This week we’ll detail both PokerStars’ and bwin.party’s roles in New Jersey’s new online gaming market; we’ll preview the upcoming FTOPS XXIV; and bring you the latest no deposit bankroll offers from around the Internet.
One online poker provider that is already available in New Jersey is bwin.party. bwin.party has teamed up with the Borgata in New Jersey, and the tandem has launched a number of online poker and casino sites:
All three sites were available during the soft launch period from November 21-25, and are likely to be among the participants in the official launch, which is tentatively scheduled for the 26th of November.
This is the first time US poker players have been able to play at Party Poker since the former “world’s #1 online poker room” left the US market following the passage of UIGEA legislation in late 2006 –nearly 7 years!
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While bwin is already signing up players in New Jersey, and has their software up and running, one of their chief rivals of the past decade, PokerStars, was left out in the cold by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, unable to secure an iGaming license in time for the NJ launch.
PokerStars and their partner Resorts Casino were not listed on the DGE’s approved list –the only credible partnership not to make the cut-- and were therefore not part of the soft launch that began on November 21.
Pokerstars is still hopeful they will be approved in the future, and the DGE has given every indication that PokerStars is still in the running for a New Jersey online gambling license, but we’ll have to wait and see if that comes to fruition.
If you live anywhere else in the world (well anywhere that PokerStars is licensed anyway) you can sign up for PokerStars $20 free bankroll offer today.
While US players are gearing up for New Jersey online poker, the rest of the world is prepping for the upcoming Full Tilt Poker FTOPS XXIV tournament series. The 39 event series will feature some $8 million in guaranteed prize money, including a $1.5 million guarantee for the $600 buy-in Main Event.
FTP will also be running their usual Player of the Series leader-board, with an even better prize for the winner than usual, as the FTOPS XXIV Player of the Series will earn a 6-month Black Card sponsorship deal, as well as the following prizes:
… a custom Full Tilt Poker avatar and a six-month Black Card Pro Sponsorship contract, starting on Wednesday, January 1st. Sponsored players will join the elite Black Card Pro team and receive 100% cash back, and the choice of a clearable $20,000 bonus or $20,000 in FTOPS and MiniFTOPS buy-ins.
You can check out the full schedule and all the details for the FTOPS XXIV at the Full Tilt Poker website.
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