The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has released a list of the internet betting companies that it has rated as suitable to offer online betting to residents of The Garden State.
Several big names have made the list of approved providers, which include: Amaya Gaming, Betfair, Bally Technologies, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, 888, Ultimate Poker, and Pala Interactive. These companies are all working with Atlantic City casinos to offer their games to punters located within New Jersey's borders.
Currently only five of Atlantic City's twelve casinos have been awarded with New Jersey e-Gaming licenses. These casinos include: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, and Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Commenting on its approval, Bwin.Party issued a statement which read: "We are delighted to announce that the Company has been awarded a transactional waiver by the DGE pending full licensure. This transactional waiver means that bwin.party is now eligible to participate in the online gaming market in New Jersey which is expected to open on 26 November 2013."
"Operating under the land-based casino license of our partner in New Jersey, Borgata Casino, we intend to launch poker and casino games under both Borgata’s and our own brands, including Party Poker."
A big name left off of the approved list is PokerStars, which prompted a NJDGE spokeswoman to point out that an additional list will be published on November 15th with more names on it. Additionally, PokerStars Communication Chief Eric Holreiser sent out a tweet, which read: "Our application remains under review by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and we remain committed to working with the Division to complete the review process."
Internet betting is set for a soft launch in New Jersey beginning November 21st when the state will allow a soft launch of games to a limited player base. If all goes well, the state will have a hard launch on November 26th.