Sen. Lesniak Says PokerStars Could Enter New Jersey Market In March
One of the most outspoken supporters for the legalization and expansion of online gambling in the U.S. and New Jersey in particular is Sen. Ray Lesniak. He has for a long time raised the idea of turning the Garden State into an international gaming hub, It is always interesting to hear what he has to say as he is in the inner circle of decision makers. The dismal state of online poker in New Jersey in no secret. It has resulted in online poker operators like Ultimate Gaming exiting New Jersey and at the same time forced the remaining online poker operators like WSOP and 888poker to join forces in order to create a viable player base which is essential in poker.
While some operators have lost a lot of money in New Jersey, others like the largest online poker company in the world PokerStars are waiting to enter and fill the void. With over 80 million registered players PokerStars should be a game changer for New Jersey when they finally get approval to operate. In a statement on Twitter Lesniak claimed that “March 2015” could be the date. This is not the first time he has been optimistic but it seems more plausible this time around.
This is also backed up by industry experts like Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research who stated that he believes the chances of PokerStars entering the Garden State in 2015 are more than 50%. Momentum is in favor of the online poker giant as the much talked about Sheldon Adelson’s RAWA did not make it far in Congress. Added to that is the fact that PokerStars new owners Amaya Gaming have the resources to ensure that all obstacles will be removed.
PokerStars are also expanding beyond poker to include roulette, blackjack games as well as others. Many are betting on PokerStars to revive the New Jersey online gambling market which is in dire need of a serious cash boost. The expectations were high prior to real money gaming being launched yet the results on the ground after the first full year of operating have been way under par.