PokerStars is the largest online poker site in the world and they are looking to make a return to the United States. The company is presently owned by Amaya, Inc. and they are currently petitioning the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement for an operators license in the state.
Prior to the sale of PokerStars to Amaya, their petition was put on hold for two years. Following Amaya’s purchase last year, the petition was reinstated and is currently under review. Amaya and their partner casino Resorts claim that the site could begin operations in Fall 2015.
PokerStars NJ Software
PokerStars has yet to release a preview of their New Jersey client but one can believe it will be a scaled down version of their popular global client. Presently, their global client is available on PC, Mac and mobile devices.
The PokerStars client is the gold standard for online poker rooms and PokerStars NJ should be the same. Some of the features to expect are robust multi-tabling capabilities, world-class graphics, instant seating and a generous spread of poker gaming.
Once the client become active, you will be able to download the software either from Resortsac.com or from the PokerStars NJ website that has yet to launch.
PokerStars Games and Promotions
PokerStars has the largest spread of poker games in the world. It is unknown whether PokerStars NJ will have the same spread as their global client, but if they do then you will be able to play the following games:
- Texas Hold’em (NL, PL, FL)
- Omaha (PL, NL)
- Omaha Hi-Lo (FL, PL, NL)
- Seven Card Stud
- Stud 8 or Better
- 2-7 Lowball
- Five Card Draw
- Mixed Games (H.O.R.S.E., 8-Game, 10-Game)
PokerStars offers cash games and tournaments in all games spread on their site. Their tournaments are among the most lucrative in poker and you can expect the largest events in NJ once they launch.
PokerStars is also the home of Zoom Poker, the fast fold variant that gives you a new hand every time your fold or complete a hand. No waiting for a new hand and you can play up to 150 hands or more per hour.
PokerStars also offers some of the best promotions in the industry. New players can enjoy a $20 signup bonus to try out the client plus a generous 100% deposit bonus. It is too early to speculate on other promotions but you can bet they will be among the best in New Jersey.
Deposits and Withdrawals from PokerStars NJ
Once launched, PokerStars NJ should offer the same type of withdrawal and deposit options as every other online poker site in New Jersey.
Deposits on PokerStars NJ will be simple with both live and online options for players. Below are the options you should expect once they launch:
- Visa / Mastercard
- ACH Bank Draft
- PayNearMe (Through 7-Eleven Stores)
- Live deposit at Resorts AC cage (ID required)
PokerStars NJ will offer many of the same withdrawal methods as other NJ online casinos. Those options include:
- ACH Bank Draft
- Neteller (Must have used Neteller to deposit funds)
- Check via Mail
- Live withdrawal at Resorts AC cage (ID required)
These options are subject to change. Please check the PokerStars NJ website or client for any updates.
PokerStars NJ Timeline
PokerStars’ journey into New Jersey has not been an easy one. While online gambling regulations did not include a “bad actor” clause to prevent it from coming into the state, they were not allowed to immediately participate in online poker due to their past following the passage of the UIGEA.
Here is a brief history of PokerStars in New Jersey:
- Dec 2012 – PokerStars purchases The Atlantic Club in Atlantic City with intentions of opening poker room and positioning itself to enter market once online poker bill passes.
- Feb 2013 – Gov. Chris Christie signs online gambling bill into law
- June 2013 – Atlantic Club backs out of deal citing issues with securing regulatory approval for PokerStars. Casino goes bankrupt and is out of business in six months.
- July 2013 – PokerStars partners with Resorts AC for online gambling
- Nov 2013 – New Jersey iGaming goes online without PokerStars
- Dec 2013 – DGE announces that PokerStars application put on hold due to past ownership still being involved with company
- July 2014 – PokerStars sold to Amaya, Inc. for $4.9 Billion. DGE says they will reconsider application due to new ownership.
- October 2014 – Transactional waiver applied for by Resorts and PokerStars
- March 2015 – During earnings call, Amaya CEO David Baazov says that PokerStars should return to New Jersey by Q3 of 2015.
- April 2015 – Resorts AC owner Morris Bailey states that licensing process was nearing completion.
Is There a Launch Date for PokerStars NJ
At present, there isn’t an official “launch date” for PokerStars, but their parent company Amaya has stated that the online poker giant is expected to return to New Jersey sometime this fall.
PokerStars has partnered with Resorts AC and their own has also confirmed that PokerStars should return this fall. However, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has yet to announce that PokerStars has been approved for a license.
Until this license is approved, any word of their return is mere speculation. Once the DGE approves their license, they should launch the site quickly. Resort AC also plans to open a PokerStars themed poker room, so they are eagerly awaiting the sites approval.
PokerStars NJ Lowdown
Despite the difficulties encountered in becoming licensed, most expect that PokerStars will receive a license and launch sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. Once this happens, they are expected to catapult to the top of the online poker industry in the state and become a player in general iGaming as well.
Players are patiently waiting for the site’s return to New Jersey and with good reason. PokerStars is the worldwide leader for online poker and it makes sense that they become the same in New Jersey.