PokerStars Back in NJ Only & More in 2016?

pokerstars in USUpdated September 12, 2016 at 11:36am – PokerStars gained approval to operate in New Jersey last fall, and New Jersey only. Their site,, went live on March 21st but only for those physically located in the state of New Jersey can play. It is play money for all other states. PokerStarsNJ is offering real money online poker as well as casino games such as slots, blackjack, and roulette to name a few. It is currently the most popular site and has overtaken Borgata/Party.

PokerStars is partnered with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and their main competition in the state will be WSOP/888 and Borgata/PartyPoker, although… not so much. Pennsylvania is the most probable state to legalize poker this year and could be the second state to welcome PokerStars in the USA.

I recommend (previously known as Bovada) as the best alternative, and it’s preferred by many over state ran sites for those not located within New Jersey borders. As state by state roll outs occur we will continue to keep you updated on when PokerStars will make it to your state.

PokerStars, also owner of Full Tilt, has sold their gambling business to Amaya Gaming for $4.9 billion in a legal strategy to enter the U.S. under the pretense that they are a ‘new company’. PokerStars will be back in the U.S.A in more states shorter than the previous 2016 wait-time and potentially within the next few months according to an un-named source. Players are still choosing to play at legit offshore sites such as Betonline due to 50 state acceptance. This sale technically nullified any bad actor clauses, although California has steps that might disregard this company ‘rinse’ in avoiding the bad actor clause (but politics are always at play, hence the delay).

Real money play will only be accessible if you are visiting or live within New Jersey. You must also have 3 (three) wifi networks within your area for geo locational purposes.

Pokerstars signed a deal with the Morongo Tribe in April 2014 with intent to facilitate online poker (via Pokerstars) for the tribe immediately upon California online poker regulation (when, not a matter of ‘if’). On November 11, 2014, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in California also partnered with PokerStars. Competing poker sites are exacting the “bad actor clause” to keep them out of California (as was expected).

I am recommending all players within or legalized states (NV or DE) to play at the WSOP (site review) in the meantime. They have the largest ‘legalized and licensed’ real money player base at this time. If you are not in these states, mine, and most others recommendation is as the safest offshore site to serve all 50 states. See our homepage for other recommendations.

PokerStars remains the largest poker site on the internet at 33,000 average cash players – with nearest 2nd being only at 3,000.  This license will allow PokerStars to have games of real money for citizens of New Jersey. The sale of PokerStars has now changed the game.

It was said that, as of December 11th, 2013, PokerStars would NOT have a license for real money in New Jersey (and probably all legal poker states) until the year 2016 when their holding period is removed but now this has changed because of the sale.

It is a per-requisite for any online casino that operates with a US license to also have or be partners with a U.S. operated “on-land” casino.  While this goes against Fair Trade Policies, the US government seems not to care. When they sold their business to Amaya, theoretically “new PokerStars owners” are void of past liabilities, and therefore, allowing them into NJ.

When Will PokerStars Return to the US?

pokerstars clock tickingPokerStars will be operating and going live with a poker site in New Jersey on March 21, 2016.  Preliminary negotiations to purchase the Atlantic Club in NJ failed, but a partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel was completed.

The brand was forced into a file labeled, “bad actor” clause, mentioned in recent law which made it harder for poker sites that operated in the US during illegal times to re-enter and in PokerStars’ case, despite having paid over an estimated $850 million in fines publicly.  Not to mention what has transpired behind closed doors.

Good Faith Will Not Prevail?

money in U.S. hatPokerStars did a very good deed in bailing out defunct poker room Full Tilt Poker after they amounted a 9 figure debt in what the Department of Justice was calling a Ponzi Scheme.  Those who are in the poker business know there was no Ponzi scheme.  The main wrong doing of Full Tilt Poker (well, minus all the lies) was messing with the United States which continually seized funds meant for players – until they could no longer sustain the losses and were forced to shut down or sell to PokerStars.

This act of good faith in which hundreds of millions were dealt back in the form of penalties and bailouts satisfied US officials.  As more and more casinos based in the USA secure their licenses to operate, PokerStars will likely be entering several of these state regulated markets.

Author: Savanah Lavinder
Copyright: 2016