With the ink still wet on the signed agreement that calls for PokerStars and New Jersey’s Resorts Casino Hotel to join forces in the state’s online gambling regime, the latest rumors indicate that a PokerStars-branded poker room will be launched within the landmark casino.
PokerStars already has such poker rooms throughout the world in Macau, Spain and London. But such a launch in the United States will be its first on American soil, certain to raise the ire of the American Gaming Association and other competitors who feel that PokerStars should be punished for operating in the U.S. post-UIGEA.
Resorts Casino does not currently operate a live poker room. Such an endeavor opens up a number of possibilities for PokerStars to market its offerings and establish a strong presence in the U.S.
But before the top poker site begins offering online satellites to play at live tournaments at its planned poker room at the Resorts, it must wait to hear if state gaming officials will approve the partnership agreement forged with the casino. Some believe that despite New Jersey not having bad actor regulations in its online gambling legislation, regulators may not look favorably on the site as a suitable licensee partner.
Yet others are of the mind that PokerStars is a shoo-in and it won’t be long before the online poker behemoth spreads its dominance across the U.S. as it has done in regions throughout the globe. We will know the outcome in due course, as New Jersey officials are eager to have gaming sites up and running in about 4 and 1/2 months.