As the Trump Plaza casino in New Jersey recently closed up for shop it left the future of its online partner Betfair in some doubt, as to operate an online casino or poker room in the Garden State the operator must be partnered up with a land based casino in Atlantic City. That doubt has however been replaced with a sense of relief for the huge UK based company as they’ve managed to strike a deal with Caesar’s that allows them to continue doing business in the state. The deal has been approved by the Department of Gaming Enforcement and means that players with Betfair can stay exactly where they are. This news comes on the back of Ultimate Gaming leaving the New Jersey market after its partner, the Trump Taj Mahal announced its closure, the first company to have left the fledgling NJ market.
Other big news coming out of New Jersey is the anticipated arrival of PokerStars and although it’s yet to be 100% confirmed, the general consensus seems to be it’s a case of when and not if. The return of Stars to the US online poker market could come as early as the end of October depending on how the licensing process goes, however rumour has it that they have even gone as far as getting a tournament schedule ready for the off. Another key aspect of marketing their product in the US has also been taken care of as they have filed multiple trademark applications, and they seem intent on once again becoming the biggest US online poker room in states where it’s regulated. Outside of the three states in which online poker and casino are regulated, it’s Bovada Poker that leads the way with the offshore room continuing to go from strength to strength.