23 February 2015
industry analysis

For months now, PokerStars has tried to enter the iGaming market of the US including working with Resorts Casino Group, having their application for licensing denied, basically having every option of entrance denied. Once PokerStars was acquired by Amaya Gaming, it was believed that the brand would be able to enter the online gaming industry of the state quickly. Now, reports have surfaced that the reason behind the delay in PokerStars licensing is none other than Chris Christie, the Governor of the state.

USPokerSite.net covered the story and gives us insight as to how Christie may be the reason PokerStars is not currently offering real money gaming within the state of New Jersey. Once PokerStars was acquired by Amaya, who already has licensing in Atlantic City, many felt as though the brand would be operational as of now, but so far, no PokerStars gaming in the state.

The delay is being blamed on Christie and his affiliations with Sheldon Adelson, a non-supporter of online gambling. PokerStars would be a huge factor in pushing online gaming forward in the state and would bring in additional revenues, which are much needed. However, Senator Ray Lesniak, believes that with a high degree of confidence that he believes Christie has stopped the licensing from moving forward.

The belief is that Christie will be running for president in 2016 and Adelson will be his backer in the running for the highest position. Because Adelson is an opponent of online gambling, Christie is believed to have made the decision to delay PokerStars from entering the state to appease the businessman.

Christie of course, will deny such activity and it will be interesting to see if changes will be made to move along the application process of PokerStars within the state due to these statements against the Governor.

One could imagine that once the brand is allowed within one state they would soon begin to work on providing in additional states that offer real money online poker legally. The brand is considered a giant in the industry for many reasons and would certainly shake up the gambling industry of the US.

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