Updated January 1, 2018 at 2:51pm – PokerStars gained approval to operate in New Jersey in the fall of 2015, and New Jersey only. Their site, pokerstarsnj.com, went live on March 21, 2016 but only for those physically located in the state of New Jersey can play. It’s 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.
PokerStars is partnered with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and their main competition in the state is WSOP/888 and Borgata/PartyPoker. Pennsylvania is the most probable state to legalize poker next and could be the second state to welcome PokerStars in the USA.
I recommend IgnitionPoker.eu (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, 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 in more USA states in the near future. Players are still choosing to play at legit offshore sites such as Ignition Poker and 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 might also have to have 3 (three) wifi networks within your area for geolocation 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’m recommending all players within Nevada or Delaware to play at the WSOP, in the meantime. They have the largest ‘legalized and licensed’ real money player base at this time. If you are not in these states, another highly recommended poker site is www.Betonline.ag which is a safe and trusted offshore site to service all 50 USA states.
PokerStars remains the largest poker site on the internet with around 34,000 cash players on average – with nearest 2nd being only at 3,000. The sale of PokerStars has now changed the game in the US market. 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 “land-based” casino; PokerStars partnered with Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.
When Will PokerStars Return to the US?
PokerStars is operating an online poker and casino site in New Jersey as of March 21, 2016. Preliminary negotiations to purchase the Atlantic Club in NJ failed, but a partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel was completed.
The brand wasn’t 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, 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?
PokerStars 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
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