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USA Regulation News Poker UpdatesPublished January 11, 2014 by OCR Editor
PokerStars seeks approval from states other than New Jersey; PartyPoker launches new mobile poker app.
2013 was the year that Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey all legalized online gambling, and specifically, online poker sites. So far, New Jersey has drummed up the highest hopes for the success of state-regulated gambling, since it has the population and capacity to serve as a model for other states.
PokerStars, the largest online poker site in the world, along with partner Resorts Casino Hotel, was not approved by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement to join the launch on November 26.
In PokerStar's recent blog post, Eric Hollreiser made the first public comment on the situation. He wrote that that PokerStars had originally chose to partner with the Atlantic Club, but at the last minute, the club walked away from the contract. When that happen, their application for approval was suspended. In an effort to pursue licensing, PokerStars then went to Resorts Casino Hotel.
The Atlantic Club, PokerStars' original choice, shut down in December 2013. 1800 people lost their jobs, and the casino will be divided between Caesars Entertainment and Tropicana Entertainment. Hollreiser stated in his blog post that PokerStars does not "share the vulture-like management practices that led to the coming job losses and disappointment of thousands of people in New Jersey."
That has not deterred PokerStars, however, from continuing to pursue a New Jersey license. They are also looking into launching sites in other states that have approved online gambling.
PartyPoker's Mobile App
In other news, PartyPoker, the online poker brand of bwin.party, has announced the launch of its new mobile poker app for New Jersey players. As of now, the app can be accessed through iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch.