The New Jersey Casino Control Commission has published its latest list of approved online betting groups, noting that Caesars Interactive Entertainment is on the okayed list, while the owner of PokerStars was snubbed.
Groups given the go-ahead to offer online betting starting today for a soft launch are:
Bally's and 888
Tropicana and Gamesys
Caesars -888 - Amaya Gaming
Trump Taj Mahal and Ultimate Gaming.
Golden Nugget - Bally Technologies - Amaya.
Borgata - Bwin.party - Amaya Gaming.
Trump Plaza - Betfair - GameAccount - Amaya Gaming
There are other groups who have successfully applied for New Jersey e-Gaming licenses, but have not partnered with a casino in order to successfully offer their products. Thee approved firms include:
Evolution Gaming (a live dealer operation)
WMS-Scientific Games subsidiary William Interactive
Rush Street Interactive.
Pala Interactive - a California firm lead by former Bwin co-CEO Jim Ryan
Scientific Games International.
The big news of the approval list is the lack of PokerStars' presence. The poker giant's parent company Rational Group is reportedly under fire because the group's founder is facing a federal indictment due to his involvement in pre-Black Friday illegal activity.
Regardless, the group's Communications Director Eric Hollreiser remains confident, tweeting:
Our conversations with NJ DGE are continuing, however it is now apparent that we will not have approval in place to launch on Nov. 26 (1/2)— Eric Hollreiser (@erichollreiser) November 20, 2013
We remain committed to working with the Division to complete the review process (2/2)— Eric Hollreiser (@erichollreiser) November 20, 2013