So this can mean that by fall, the cards may be in the air in the largest poker site in the world here in the Garden State. No concrete launch date was specified by Baazov. So this leaves July, August and September as possible months Stars will debut in New Jersey.
Not the first PokerStars rumor.
It was first anticipated that PokerStars would debut in October 2014 which was shortly after the purchase of Rational Group by Amaya Gaming in July 2014. But unspecified delays cause many New Jersey poker players to grow impatient and frustrated.
Some reports out there speculated that Governor Chris Christie is the one behind the delay to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is looking to pass the RAWA bill to ban online poker. But there hasn’t been any supporting documentation to prove those allegations.
Will PokerStars jump-start the market?
Many say that PokerStars entering the New Jersey market may revive the struggling online poker scene in NJ. Whether it will help increase igaming revenue will remain to be seen. But it will most definitely provide the superior product that many online grinder have been missing since Black Friday.
Land based casino partner Resorts just launched their online casino last month. Prior to the Amaya acquisition, Stars was planning to build a $10 million poker room in Resorts.