PokerStars dealt out of New Jersey internet gambling

Internet gambling is a reality in Atlantic City but the electronic cards aren't shuffling in PokerStars' favor. The world's biggest online poker room was dealt a considerable setback today when their internet gambling application was suspended by New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement. Barring the miraculous, PokerStars will be unable to conduct internet games in NJ for two years.

New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement cited an outstanding federal indictment against PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg as reason for suspending the application.

PokerStars had hoped to partner with Resorts Casino Hotel in offering internet gambling games to New Jersey residents and those physically present in the state after internet gambling went live in the Garden State.

What remains to be seen is how game liquidity may suffer with the world's best poker site benched on the sidelines. The poker technology offered up by the casinos licensed to offer internet gambling pales in comparison to the state of the art technology made available by PokerStars. SBR reported on November 26 that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Bally's Atlantic City, Caesaras Atlantic City, The Tropicana Casino and Resort, and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino were among the casinos free to offer internet gambling.

"We are disappointed that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has suspended the review of our application at this time," said PokerStars spokesman Eric Hollreiser. "We note that the DGE will resume the review of our application if our circumstances change. We will remain in open dialogue with the DGE and will update them on changes in our situation as they occur."

Sports betting is of course not offered in the online gambling software as well as anywhere in the state of New Jersey due to existing federal law that outlaws sports betting nationwide with the exception of four states including Nevada. New Jersey is attempting to be heard by the US Supreme Court. NJ to have the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act overturned.

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